Language courses for people moving to Sweden

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Read about learning Swedish in Sweden, and about courses in Danish, Finnish, Icelandic and Norwegian.

If you move to Sweden

You are entitled to study Swedish for Immigrants (Svenska för invandrare, SFI), if you

  • are registered in a municipality in Sweden.
  • are at least 16.
  • lack basic proficiency in the Swedish language.

Swedish for Immigrants gives you basic proficiency in the Swedish language and knowledge about Swedish society.

Basic proficiency in Danish and Norwegian are equivalent to basic proficiency in the Swedish language.

You can apply for an SFI course in the municipality in which you are registered. Visit the municipality and apply in person.

If you work in Sweden and live in Finland

If you are a Finnish citizen and live in Finland, but work in Sweden and lack basic proficiency in Swedish, you are entitled to Swedish tuition in the municipality in which you work. You are entitled to this from the second half of the year in which you turn 16.

Contact your municipality for further information about what courses are available.

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Info Norden is the information service of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Here you can find info and tips if you wish to move, work, study, seek support or start a business in the Nordic region.