Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism

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    Svenska flaggan som en pratbubbla. Illustration: Laurent Davoust, MostPhotos

    Do you really need to learn Swedish in Sweden?

    Swedes are good – among the best, in fact – at speaking English as a second language. So should foreigners living in Sweden make the effort to learn Swedish? Only if you want to enrich the experience in nearly every way, argue the linguistic experts at Stockholm University.

    Our research

    Current research in the Swedish Language/Scandinavian Language unit largely fall under the following areas:

    Contemporary Swedish language use in society | The Swedish language system | Swedish historical linguistics and philology.

    Also see our departments: Centre for Research on Bilingualism | Institute for Interpreting and Translation Studies

    About our research in Swedish: Forskning

    Juristernas hus (The Lawyers' House). Photo: Agneta Hollström

    Recent Developments in Bilingualism and Multilingualism Research. A one-day symposium 17/6

    On the Occasion of 40 Years of Organized Bilingualism Research at Stockholm University (1981–2021): Recent Developments in Bilingualism and Multilingualism Research. A one-day symposium. The symposium has been postponed to 17 June, 2022 (from 17 December, 2021).

    En hand tecknar en runslinga med en stiliserad person som sticker ett svärd genom slingan

    Runstones from Sweden: Dating by Design

    Rak [straight] Style, Ringerike Style or Urnes Style? By looking at the ornamentation of a runestone, one can determine during what period of time the stone was carved. Watch the project Runic Stories' video, where the researcher Sofia Pereswetoff-Morath shows how you can date runestones from early to late Viking Age


    Information for students and staff about the coronavirus

    Information on the coronavirus in relation to Stockholm University's activities is updated continuously.

    More about the teaching at the Department

    Q&A on the coronavirus for newly admitted students (the main Uni site)