Improved protection for minority languages

Published: 19 June 2018 at 16.20

Updated: 19 June 2018 at 16.40

A larger extent of services in the areas of elderly care and preschools are to be provided through the medium of minority languages.

Municipalities shall also provide information on the opportunities available when an elderly person or a guardian applies for a place in a home for the elderly or a preschool. The requirements in the proposal apply primarily to the minority languages Finnish, Meänkieli and Sami, but improved opportunities are also being introduced to receive elderly care in Yiddish and Romany Chib. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

In addition to this, it will be required by law that municipalities and county councils set targets and guidelines for their work on minority policy. It will be possible to contact more authorities in writing in minority languages and the duty of authorities to provide information to Sweden's minorities is to be clarified. The purpose of the amendments is to strengthen the basic protection of the national minorities' languages and culture.

The amendments will come into force on 1 January 2019.