Have your say: Should Sweden subsidize interpreters for non-native speakers?

Have your say: Should Sweden subsidize interpreters for non-native speakers?
Moderate leader Ulf Kristersson speaking at Almedalen, where he outlined his proposals. Photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT
Sweden's opposition leader this week called for limits on free interpreters for non-native speakers when dealing with healthcare services and government authorities. Currently, these institutions are legally required to hire interpreters when needed.

The proposals put forward by the Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson would mean that permanent residents of Sweden would lose this right to an interpreter, except in special circumstances such as legal trials. He argues that Swedish language skills should be a requirement for both permanent residency and citizenship.

This divided opinion among The Local readers on social media, and we'd like to hear what you think. Have you used interpreters at the doctor or while in contact with a government authority? Do you think this service should remain available, or should it be limited to promote the importance of Swedish?

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