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Law's content and purpose
section 1 of this Act provides for Swedish language, the
national minority languages and the Swedish sign language.
The law also contains provisions on the public responsibility
to the individual is given access to language and if
language use in the public sector and in international
2 § the purpose of law is to specify the language and other language
position and use in the Swedish society. The law
also aims to protect the Swede and the linguistic
diversity in Sweden as well as the individual's access to language.
3 § If another law or regulation contains any
provision for derogation from this Act, apply to the
section 4 of the Swedish is the main language in Sweden.
5 § as the main language is Swedish society's common language,
as anyone who is resident in Sweden will have access to and
can be used in all areas of society.
section 6 of the General have a particular responsibility to Swedish
used and developed.
The national minority languages
section 7 of the national minority languages are Finnish, jiddisch,
Meänkieli, romani chib and Sami.
section 8 of the General has a special responsibility to protect and
promotion of national minority languages.
The Swedish sign language
§ 9 the General has a special responsibility to protect and
promote the Swedish sign language.
Language use in the public sector
section 10 of the language of the courts, administrative authorities and other
bodies which fulfill tasks in the public sector is
In other law has specific provisions relating to the right to use
national minority languages and other Nordic languages.
As regards the obligation for courts and
managing authorities to employ the services of an interpreter and translating
documents, there are specific provisions.
section 11 of the language in the public sector should be nurtured, simple
12 § public authorities have a particular responsibility to Swedish
terminology in their various areas of expertise available,
used and developed.
The Swede in the international context
13 § Swedish is the official language in international
The position of the Swedish language as an official language of the European Union
should be safeguarded.
The individual's access to language
section 14 of anyone who is a resident of Sweden shall be allowed to
Learn, develop and use Swedish. In addition,
1. the belonging to a national minority shall be given the opportunity to
Learn, develop and use the minority language, and
2. anyone who is deaf or hard-of-hearing, and that of other
reasons, the need for sign language to be given the opportunity to learn,
develop and use the Swedish sign language.
Those who have a mother tongue other than the languages referred to in
the first subparagraph shall be given the opportunity to develop and use
their mother tongue.
section 15, the General is responsible for ensuring that the individual be given access
to the language in section 14.
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