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  • Apr 17, 2012
  • 09:26 PM

Sweden Adopts a Gender-Neutral Pronoun

Kevin Mathews /
Swedes are shaking up their language with a new gender-neutral pronoun. The pronoun, “hen,” allows speakers and writers to refer to a person without including reference to a person’s gender. This month, the pronoun made a big leap toward mainstream usage when it was added to the country’s National Encyclopedia.
  • Mar 09, 2012
  • 04:39 PM

'Swedish is the world's richest language': Swede

Oliver Gee / The
This is a common argument, I later learnt, that ‘compounding’ languages are often considered the richest due to their potential word count. In this group you can find mostly Germanic based languages, such as Danish and Dutch – but also Turkish, and even many of the Indian languages. But is this really an indication of anything other than spacebar laziness?
  • Jul 15, 2011
  • 02:27 PM

Swedish dialects becoming fewer

David Jonasson / Stockholm News
The country´s traditional dialects equalise as the Swedes move and commute more between different regions and towns. Instead, regional "greater dialects" take over. This says Margareta Svahn, researcher, who just has completed several years of dialect studies in western Sweden.
  • Jun 13, 2011
  • 09:12 PM

Exploring Sweden's linguistic history in the United States

Karen Holst / The Local
Almost 100 years after the great Swedish migration to North American, dialect researchers from Gothenburg are heading across the Atlantic in hopes of learning more about the evolution of the Swedish language, The Local’s Karen Holst explains.
  • May 18, 2011
  • 07:03 PM

Swedish teacher lands EU 'tongue stories' award

Moises Mendoza / The Local
Åberg was one of 28 people from around the continent invited to Brussels last week as the winners in the European Union’s inaugural “Tongue Stories” competition. The Local was invited along as a guest of the EU to report on the event.
  • May 10, 2011
  • 07:30 PM

Twisting tongues: Sweden's sexiest dialect

Karen Holst / The Local
A recent poll of 1,000 Swedes conducted by the Swedish Institute for Opinion Surveys (Svenska Institutet för Opinionsundersökningar, SIFO) found that Swedes find the regional dialect spoken in the western town of Gothenburg to be the sexiest of all Swedish dialects.
  • Apr 17, 2011
  • 11:58 PM

Languages top election issue in Finland

Finnish voters who will go to the polls in parliamentary election this Sunday are more concerned about the language situation in the country than in a long time. According to election observers, the language debate will this year be of major importance for voters’ preferences.
  • Apr 17, 2011
  • 10:59 PM

Swedish language under threat in Finland: report

The Local
In an upcoming report on minority languages the Council of Europe states that Swedish as an official language in Finland is under threat due to officials’ poor Swedish skills and deficiencies in the mandatory Swedish tuition in schools. Kimmo Sasi of the Finnish Constitutional Law Committee is not surprised by the Council’s findings.