Swedish Language and Culture

Swedish is a North Germanic language spoken by about 10 million people. Eszett explains the best ways to learn this Nordic language.

What is the best way to learn Swedish?

Personalised learning

We all have our own individual strengths and weaknesses when it comes to language learning and everyone learns at different speeds. While group learning can be an entertaining social activity, learning with a private tutor, whether online or in-person, is best if you are looking for lessons adapted to your personal learning needs.

Learn on the go

By choosing to follow an online Swedish course, your language training can happen anywhere at any time. In our experience, having flexibility with your lessons makes it harder to miss them and fall behind. For those who are busy with work, online lessons, which can be slotted into your working calendar like any other meeting, are an efficient way to learn.   

Look for cognates

Swedish is similar to other Scandinavian languages, such as Danish and Norwegian, but also shares many cognates with English, German and Latin-based languages. For instance, the Swedish word for ice-cream is glass, like the French glace, while printa ut is the verb for to print out in English.

Immerse yourself in Swedish culture

Language learning should be enjoyable and there is no better way to have fun than to dive into Swedish culture. Sweden offers a wide variety of exciting adventures for all types of travellers, from ice-hotels to steaming saunas. As you interact with native speakers, you will be surprised how quickly you cement your Swedish knowledge.

What is Sweden famous for?

Pop music

Sweden is the birthplace of the world-famous pop band Abba. There is even a museum dedicated to the band in Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm.

Green spaces

Sweden is one of the largest countries in the European world in terms of geographical area, yet is sparsely populated. As a result, green spaces abound. Sweden also ranks as one of the most environmentally-friendly countries in the world.  


The multinational homeware conglomerate, Ikea, originated in Sweden. Ikea reflects the minimalist, functional approach to Swedish design. Sweden is known for traditional crafts including glass and Sami handicrafts.


Sweden is famous for more than just meat balls. From Kanelbulle, a cinnamon bun, to a wide variety of foraged berries, Swedish cuisine has something for all tastes.

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