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Department of Scandinavian Languages

At the Department of Scandinavian Languages we view language in terms of communication. This comes naturally in the bilingual environment of the University of Vaasa, where Swedish is part of everyday life.

We specialise in researching and teaching modern Swedish. Our areas of emphasis are professional languages, multilingualism and language learning, interpretation, translation and Scandinavian languages.

Our department has a strong research tradition; our research in professional language and multilingualism is internationally renowned. Recent areas of interest include bilingualism in literature. The department is influenced by our research in teaching methods, also making our teaching innovative. Language immersion, dialogue pedagogy and tandem teaching as well as multilingual expertise all play a central role in the interaction between our department and bilingual society.

Siv Björklund
Professor, Head of Department