Åsikt Uppsala: Why have young people stopped studying languages?

  • Date: –20:00
  • Location: Humanistiska teatern
  • Organiser: Ett samarbete mellan Uppsala universitet och UNT
  • Contact person: Anneli Waara
  • Seminarium

Fewer and fewer university students and school pupils are choosing to study modern languages. This has already become a problem for Swedish companies in their dealings with other countries in Europe. Why are young people in Sweden rejecting languages in an increasingly globalised world? Do we need to know more languages than just English? What’s the situation elsewhere in Europe?


David Cvach, Ambassador of France to Sweden
Coco Norén, Professor of French, Uppsala University
Kent Fredholm, Chair of the Swedish Language Teachers’ Association
Henrik Edgren, researcher in the history of education, Uppsala University
Eva Danielsson, German and English teacher

Moderator: Maria Ripenberg, UNT

Åsikt Uppsala is organised jointly by Uppsala University and the newspaper UNT and aims to highlight topical issues through open panel discussions with researchers and other experts.

Please note: on this occasion the panel discussion will be in English.