Sweden: Swedish only policy investigated

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Thu Jan 25 12:40:43 UTC 2007

Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Sweden: Swedish only policy investigated

Sweden's Ombudsman against Ethnic Discrimination is starting an
investigation into a school in southern Sweden that has banned the use of
any language other than Swedish. The move followed months of problems at
the Gustaf Adolf School in Landskrona, a community with racial tensions.
The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrat party received almost one vote in four
in the recent elections, while almost half the students at the school have
immigrant backgrounds.

Students have been forbidden to speak any language other than Swedish
anywhere in the school, including the playground. The school's principal
has defended the move, saying students might think they have been insulted
if they hear conversations in languages they don't understand. The
ombudsman's office says they haven't received any formal complaints, and
are launching the investigation on their own. There have also been two
police complaints from the public against the ban. Source: Radio Sweden



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