Essential Swedish tech jargon all programmers in Sweden should know

Sweden’s tech industry is booming and its many tech companies are constantly on the hunt for international talent. As a result, English is often the official ‘work language’ - but that’s not to say you won’t hear plenty of ‘Swinglish’ around the office.

Essential Swedish tech jargon all programmers in Sweden should know
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Not being able to speak Swedish isn’t a deal-breaker if you want to work in Sweden’s tech industry, but learning the local lingo does give you a big advantage. For Ukranian national Anna Tytarenko, who is currently in the first semester of Swedish for Programmers (SFX-IT), a specialised Swedish language course for tech professionals, speaking Swedish is key to getting a foot in the door of the industry. 

“In my experience, it’s key to both understand and be able to speak the Swedish language in the Swedish IT industry. Most of your colleagues in Sweden will speak Swedish with one another and your boss usually expects you to learn good Swedish as soon as possible.”

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SFX-IT teacher Linus Lindgren says he is surprised by how quickly students get the hang of Swedish IT lingo. The part-time instructor, who also runs his own IT business, says that his courses aren’t just about learning the language – he always incorporates practical skills and provides insight into how the Swedish tech workplace ticks. He adds that students are also required to give presentations about their coding projects in Swedish which makes learning the typical tech vocabulary a requisite for progressing in the course.

Key to integration

Many job postings (even on LinkedIn) are written in Swedish – and many vacancies require a good grasp of Swedish. According to Anna, who holds an advanced degree in computer science and worked in the IT sector in Ukraine before relocating to Stockholm, learning the lingo of the Swedish IT workplace is key to integrating and becoming a part of the team.

“Our instructors – many of them working professionals in the IT industry – teach us both the coding and IT slang that is used in Sweden,” Anna tells The Local, adding that all her courses are primarily taught in Swedish. “This helps us to understand the working culture better as well as the Swedish language in general.”

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Whatever SFX-IT is doing, it’s doing it right. Linus recalls past students have successfully been able to land internships or jobs before their studies are even complete.

“In the past, students who had prior knowledge of the programming language C#, and who have also worked diligently and proactively to learn Swedish, have been able to land internships before even graduating from my course,” says Linus. “Insofar as I try my best to impart my own industry expertise, for anyone who has some tech background, the course is a good introduction to what it takes to thrive in the Swedish IT industry.”

C3L Tyresö’s SFX-IT – Swedish for Programmers course is open to anyone interested in kickstarting a career in the Swedish IT industry. The part-time course is offered in-person at the C3L Center for Lifelong Learning in Tyresö, is available for distance learning and can be combined with full-time employment.

This article was produced by The Local Creative Studio and sponsored by C3L Tyresö.


Google to appeal €500m French fine in copyright row

Google's legal tussle with French regulators continues.

Google to appeal €500m French fine in copyright row
Google to appeal €500m French fine in copyright row (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD / AFP)

Google on Wednesday said it is appealing a decision by France’s competition watchdog to hand it a €500m fine in a row with news outlets over the use of their content under EU copyright rules.

“We disagree with some of the legal elements, and consider the amount of the fine to be disproportionate compared to the efforts we have put in place to reach a deal and respect the new law,” Sebastien Missoffe, head of Google France, said in a statement.

The fine, issued by the French Competition Authority in July, was the biggest in the agency’s history for a failure to comply with one of its rulings.

Head of Google France, Sebastien Missoffe, has hit back against French regulators (Photo by JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP)

The watchdog said Google had failed to negotiate “in good faith” with media companies in a long-running legal battle over the internet giant’s use of snippets of articles, photos and videos in search results.

The row has centred on claims that Google has used this content in its search results without adequate compensation, despite the seismic shift of global advertising revenues towards the search giant over the past two decades.

In April last year, the French competition authority ordered Google to negotiate “in good faith” with media groups after it refused to comply with a 2019 European Union law governing digital copyright.

The so-called “neighbouring rights” aim to ensure that news publishers are compensated when their work is shown on websites, search engines and social media platforms.

Last September, French news publishers including Agence France-Presse (AFP) filed a complaint with regulators, saying Google was refusing to move forward on paying to display content in web searches.

While Google insists it has made progress, the French regulator said the company’s behaviour “indicates a deliberate, elaborate and systematic lack of respect” for its order to negotiate in good faith.

The Competition Authority rebuked Google for failing to “have a specific discussion” with media companies about neighbouring rights during negotiations over its Google Showcase news service, which launched late last year.

Missoffe insisted Wednesday that Google “recognises neighbouring rights, and we remain committed to signing agreements in France”.

“We have extended our offers to nearly 1,200 publishers and modified aspects of our contracts,” he said, adding that the company has “shared data demanded of us in order to conform to the Competition Authority’s decision”.