Council of Europe

Deficiencies in Minority Policies

In a new report from the Council of Europe Sweden is once against criticised over the treatment of official national minorities.

Sweden signed the Council’s convention on the protection of national minorities nine years ago, guaranteeing certain rights regarding their languages. Now an expert group from the council says that Sweden is not living up to its obligations regarding education, official information and news in those languages. There has been previous criticism of Swedish policies from the national education authorities and the Ombudsman against Ethnic Discrimination.

Sweden’s five national minority languages are Sami, Finnish, the Finnish dialect of Torneå valley, Yiddish, and Romani. (gw)

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