French in Sweden schools popular again because of Zlatan

A story from Swedish Radio today reports that the move of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Helena Seger to Paris has now increased the amount of students in Sweden who want to study the French language. This information is today reported in Sveriges Radio.


It is the principal of the school “Sunnadals”, Fredrik Jarny, who discovered the link between football success and the choice of language in the sixth class.
– Spanish have been popular for several years here at Sunnadals school and I think that has to do with that Spanish football has been good the last few years, both at club level but also at national level.

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When Zlatan Ibrahimovic changed country from Italy to France, it seems to be reflected in the students’ language selections. When Zlatan Ibrahimovic started playing in PSG Fredrik Jarny saw an increased interest in the French language.
– This is the first time in several years that the French language get a boost, so I think it has a connection, he says.

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