SFI – Swedish courses if you are unemployed
The SFI courses (Swedish for immigrants) are intensive full-time courses. Classes are held during day time, five days a week. The courses are free of charge and in order to qualify for the course you must live in Åland, have an FPA national health insurance card and be registered as a job seeker with Ams. You must be able to read and write the Latin alphabet. The courses are given at Medis, the Adult Education Centre in Mariehamn (address below). Application forms are available from Medis or can be downloaded from www.medis.ax.
General courses in Swedish
Medis also organises general courses in Swedish for immigrants. These courses are a good alternative if you are unable to attend SFI classes. The general courses consist of lessons once or twice a week, often during the evenings, and are run at various levels. Places on these courses are first-come first-served. The courses are not free, students must pay the course fees and purchase the course book.
Other Swedish classes
Medis also runs other Swedish courses, e.g. learning Swedish at work and learning Swedish without knowing the Latin alphabet.
Contact Medis for more information: Medborgarinstitutet Styrmansgatan 1 (entrance Torggatan), Mariehamn. Tel +358 18 531620 www.medis.ax
Teach yourself Swedish on-line
On the website www.kotisuomessa.fi you can teach yourself Swedish (and Finnish) both for everyday situations and for worklife.