The importance of learning the language
Although English widely accepted as the language of business, it may still be necessary to employ a translator.
Depending on the nature of your business, investment and country of operation, foreign nationals generally enjoy dealing with someone who they can form a good business relationship with. Communication and interpersonal skills are therefore of the utmost importance, as well as the ability to be enthusiastic about a product, service or business plan.
The official language of Sweden is Swedish, which is very similar to the other Scandinavian languages: Danish and Norwegian. English is taught as a compulsory secondary language in Sweden, and is widely known by citizens and is used actively in the business sector. A translator may be required for meetings and other business interactions.
An increasing number of junior executives, managers and government officials speak English. However, depending on who you are conversing with, it may be necessary for formal meetings and negotiations that you use an interpreter. Looking ahead, this will help eliminate even the slightest chance of misinterpretation or miscommunication.
Knowledge of the country's language could mean the difference between a deal clincher and disaster, and therefore it would be advisable to hire a reputable translator. National translators will also be able to help you with marketing and advertising. They can ensure that you avoid cultural and grammatical faux pas, which could otherwise be negative to your business.
More information about Swedish language training
Learning Swedish at Folkuniversitetet, a nation-wide adult educational association
Learning Swedish with distance learning
Learning Swedish through the Swedish Institute