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For a country of only nine million, Sweden boasts its share of influential people, including the band ABBA, Carl Linné, Ingmar Bergman, and Astrid Lindgren, the author of Pippi Longstocking. Sweden has also had a strong impact on global popular culture through through Swedish music, film and crime fiction. Known as a place of progressive politics, nearly half the government consists of women, paid parental leave is a basic right, and same-sex partners have legal rights and benefits.

Majors & Certificates 

Scandinavian Studies Major, European Studies Certificate, Scandinavian Studies Certificate; visit the Majors & Certificates page for more information.


Nete Schmidt,

Language Conversation Table 

Contact Ben Hubbard, or Jason Schroeder,


Live in Norden House, the Nordic House in the International Learning Community.

Study Abroad 

You can study Swedish in Sweden. Contact International Academic Programs for more information, and check out the Major Advising Page for Scandinavian Studies. Additional opportunities are available through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Student Organizations 

Browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information.


Consider an internship where you can use Swedish, either in the US or abroad. An internship in any field can complement your language study and can provide valuable professional experience.