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Swedes Lose Interest in German Culture & Language

Published torsdag 17 april 2008 kl 15.08

Despite the fact that Germany is Sweden’s biggest trading partner, Swedes seem to be losing interest in German culture - a far cry from earlier times when German dominated the linguistic, musical, literary and scientific fields here in Sweden and in much of Europe.

Today, merely ten percent of all pupils learn German at school and the government has just closed the Swedish consulate general in Hamburg.

But some Swedes warn of the consequences of what they call pure ignorance towards Germany. Swedes will not only forget about their close cultural ties with Germany, they will simply lose an important business partner.

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