Swedish Soldiers Learning Arabic
The Swedish military’s Interpreter School started to teach Arabic on Sunday. Courses in Turkish and Farsi are scheduled to follow.
For nearly 50 years the school’s primary subject has been Russian. But as the threat from the traditional enemy to the east has diminished there have been calls to change direction. The newspaper “Sydsvenska Dagbladet” reports that there are now almost as many soldiers at the school studying Arabic as Russian.
Also planned are courses in French, because of plans for Sweden to take part in more peacekeeping missions in Africa.