Swedish language

Swedish is a Germanic language. It has been influenced by Latin and French and is today heavily influenced by English. The Swedish language is also spoken in parts of Finland.

The Swedish alphabet

In the Swedish alphabet there are three additional letters, Å, Ä and Ö. They are pronounced as follows:
Å is like the sound in for
Ä is like the sound in hair
Ö is like the sound in earn

Swedish language courses

If you are interested in learning Swedish there are different options depending on the lenghth of your stay and if you have a personal identity number or not.

How to get a personal identity number

Swedish for immigrants given by Örebro municipality

Swedish for Immigrants, SFI, is a basic course in the Swedish language and Swedish society for people whose native language is not Swedish. To study SFI you must be over 20 years of age, be registered for population purposes in the Municipality of Örebro and have a full personal identity number.

Courses vary in orientation, language level, and rate of study. The courses are free and the SFI education is a part of the Örebro municipality education system.

More information about Swedish for immigrants

Swedish courses given by the foundation Folkuniversitetet

At Folkuniversitetet courses are offered to both groups and individuals in Swedish as a foreign language at all levels from beginner to advanced. The fee for each course varies, please see the current courses and fees on Folkuniversitetet´s website.

More information about Swedish courses at Folkuniversitetet

Updated: 2011-06-15

Editor: Linnea Sundström