Welcome to the Swedish department's pages

Hanken's task is to educate the economists who will work for Finnish industry and society, both at home and abroad. This requires proficiency in both of the country's official languages. Students who have studied in the Swedish language at Hanken should have the skills necessary to communicate both orally and in writing in Swedish and in Finnish. The Swedish department's task is to assure that students can argue their case, make presentations, and write business letters and reports, etc. in good Swedish. This applies to students with either Swedish or Finnish as their native language. The courses taught by Hanken are intended to provide students with the education and training they will need in their future career.

Instructors Contact Information

Bergström, Marina (Vaasa)Lecturer314+358(0)403521752
Huvitus, Mari (Helsinki)LecturerA506+358(0)403521232
Peltola, Katja (Helsinki)LecturerA506+358(0)403521846
Stolt, Sofia (Helsinki)LecturerA504+358(0)403521402
Sundström, Charlotta (Helsinki)LecturerA505+358(0)403521352


Swedish as a Foreign Language

While studying at Hanken you have a great opportunity to learn Swedish! Knowing the language will open you many doors not only in Finland and Sweden, but also in the rest of Scandinavia.

Courses in Swedish as a foreign language are offered on different levels. If you have never studied Swedish before, you are welcome to join the beginners' course, which is organised every term. If you already have some knowledge of Swedish, you can choose a course that suits your level best. Each course is marked with a level code according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. If you are not familiar with the system, please contact the teacher to discuss which course would suit you best.

Each course in Swedish as a foreign language is worth 3 ECTS. If you need more credits for your home university you can a) take the course Each One Teach One (2 ECTS), or b) ask for extra assignments. In Each One Teach One the idea is that you work with a Swedish speaking Hanken student who teaches you Swedish, and you teach your native language to him/her.

If you would just like to have a taste of Swedish, you can start the beginners' course at the beginning of the term and take the mid-term exam after the first period. This gives you 1.5 ECTS.

The following courses in Swedish as a foreign language are offered:

Swedish as a Foreign Language I

Swedish as a Foreign Language II

Swedish as a Foreign Language III

Kultur på svenska - Culture in Swedish

Vardagssvenska - Everyday Swedish

Each One Teach One

The emphasis on all of the courses is on oral skills; however, basic grammar will also be covered. For course descriptions, see WebOodi