July 22, 2009

Swedish capital reported for English use

A group promoting the Swedish language has reported the country's capital, Stockholm, to the Swedish Parliamentary Ombudsman for using too much English.

The Language Defense Network reported the city under the language law that came into effect July 1, which states that Swedish is the country's official language and public bodies have a responsibility to use and develop the language, The Local reported Wednesday.

The network singled out the Stockholm Visitors Board, the Stockholm Business Region and the Stockholm Entertainment District for what it called a widespread use of English in an attempt to appear modern.

It undermines Swedish as it signals that English has a higher value, that it has status, while Swedish is a language for out in the wilds, said Per-Ake Lindblom, a spokesman for the network, said in an interview with Sveriges Radio.