Every young Swede must speak at least two foreign languages

The position of modern languages in Swedish school must be strengthened.

In a globalized era, Sweden’s competitiveness and ability to remain a successful country is entirely dependent on strong international relations. Multilingualism is a key competence. English is a world language, but with a United Kingdom leaving the EU and a United States shielding from Europe, we need to build better relationships with French, German, Italian and other European countries. Here, Swedish students must not fall behind, but have to adapt to the new reality.

The EU’s language policy includes that every young citizen should be able to speak two modern languages in addition to his or her mother tongue. Swedish youth must be skilled and educated enough to meet the competition for global jobs and to be an obvious part of the EU’s core. It is time for Sweden to restore the importance of languages in school.