‘Arabic’ sign in Swedish station ‘unreadable’
The Local · 17 Oct 2015, 18:26
Published: 17 Oct 2015 18:26 GMT+02:00
- Swedish town prints nonsense 'Arabic' guide (20 Aug 15)
- Swedish Institute launches Arabic website (19 Oct 11)
- Malmö police to learn 'polite' Arabic (05 Sep 11)
The main problem with the text is that it’s written back-to-front. Arabic is read from right to the left but this seems to be written from left to right.
On Facebook many puzzled users suggested that the new sign was perhaps written in Kurdish or Persian. But it’s supposed to be Arabic.
Cecilia Granath, press officer of the station’s operator, Jernhusen, told Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan: “If this is true, then this is very unfortunate. We had help from Red Cross interpreters and the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket). They told us that it is difficult to make a precise direct translation from Swedish to Arabic.”
“However, we will check on it. If it is wrong, we obviously put up a new sign.”
Just two months ago Landskrona in southern Sweden attempted to introduce new immigrants to sport and culture in the town by including information in Arabic in a new brochure. But the text used was described as 'incomprehensible' by residents who spoke the language.