Number of trainees taking state-subsidized Swedish classes doubles in a decade

Variety of trainees taking state-subsidized Swedish classes doubles in a years

June 2018 13:48 CEST+02:00"> 21 June 2018 13:48 CEST +02:00 An SFI class in Täby, northern Stockholm. Picture: Fredrik Sandberg/ TT

The variety of trainees registering in Sweden's state-subsidized language classes, Swedish for Immigrants (SFI), has more than doubled in 10 years according to brand-new figures.

The courses provide teaching in the essentials of the Swedish language and are offered free of charge to all foreign citizens in Sweden.

Last year, 163,000 trainees went to SFI classes, an increase of 9 percent compared to 2016.

And over the past 10 years, the variety of students each year has more than doubled.

When it concerns the cosmetics of the classes, the most typical nationality of in 2015's SFI consumption was Syrian. Nearly a third (31 percent) of individuals came from the Western Asian nation, and Eritrea, Iraq, and Somalia were the next most common native lands. The gender split was practically equal, with 51 percent female trainees and 49 percent male.

The level of education among SFI participants, on the other hand, was varied.

Practically one in five trainees (18 percent) had actually completed less than 7 years of official education before enrolling on the course, while more than a 3rd had studied for 13 years or more in advance.

Of those who began SFI in 2015, just under 2 thirds (65 percent) had finished and passed a minimum of one course 2 years later on. Around 23 percent had ended their SFI studies, and the staying 12 percent were still enrolled in the course.

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