Swedish Now Sweden's Official Language

The Swedish Parliament has passed a new law, establishing Swedish as the primary language of the country.

Under the legislation, as society’s common language, Swedish should be available in all areas. This is seen as answering concerns that English has begun to eclipse Swedish in the academic world here.  The law is also intended to strengthen Swedish as an official language of the European Union.

The legislation also means more support for Swedish sign language, as well as the five national minority languages: Sami, Finnish, the Finnish dialect of the Torneå Valley, Romani, and Yiddish.