A multicultural society
The stereotype of Sweden as a homogeneous place is a thing of the past. Sweden has a high proportion of foreign-born residents and immigrant organizations from around the world. With at least 50 different international cuisines to choose from in Stockholm, for example, and a range of international grocery shops from around the world, Sweden is surprisingly cosmopolitan.
In many ways, Swedish integration policies are highly developed. One example of this is language education. To help immigrants become an active part of society, Swedish language education is provided free of charge to all long-term residents. At the same time, many children are offered hemspråkskurser, or mother tongue courses in school, where they have the opportunity to practice their native language on a regular basis.
This twin approach aims to include new immigrants in Swedish society while preserving the unique skills they already have. As with any other country, it’s always useful to understand Sweden’s language and values. Swedes are known for being open and curious toward other cultures.
Immigrant organizations in Sweden
All across Sweden, and especially in the major cities, there are national organizations for immigrants from around the world along with traditional expat organizations.
A list of immigrant organizations in Sweden
Links to foreign embassies in Sweden
As the capital of Sweden, Stockholm is the center for foreign embassies and consulates. Find your country’s representatives below.
A comprehensive list of all foreign embassies in Stockholm (pdf)