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THE INTERNATIONAL WALL

To learn a new language is a challenge of human evolution and some have more skill than others. We believe that everybody has the right to access information and news for free, but unfortunately not everybody knows Swedish.

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created at: Tue Jun 16 2020| updated at:Fri Sep 24 2021
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To learn a new language is a challenge of human evolution and some have more skill than others. We believe that everybody has the right to access information and news for free, but unfortunately not everybody knows Swedish. 

Even if a person have some knowledge about it, the complexity of the articles and news language, makes it hard to read, and in the end, people are just paying for something that they do not understand.Apart from other two online newspapers, the focus on Swedish news translated to English (a universal language) does not exist. Furthermore, most of newspapers nowadays requires a subscription model which make it not worthy to pay for a newspaper subscription if a person cannot access the content and information. Let us tell us a story. It starts in Venice in 1685 when news, curiosities, and tips about politics or the ongoing wars where published weekly and hand-over by hand. This was the first sort of Gazette that appeared in the world.

 Later on, the trend moved to Germany, Netherlands and finally United Kingdom. Here the creating of The Times makes a huge difference on the timeline. The newspapers where now printed by machines and in huge quantity, and shared all over containing topics about almost everything on the daily basis. From all this history lesson we take a lesson. It is important to spread news and let everybody be informed. It is not a job, it is not a duty, it is a democratic obligation of letting everybody have access to knowledge. Newspapers should not profit from people who want to be informed but from people who want to use the newspapers as ways of generating profit. News should be always independent, but we all know that publicity can pay the costs of maintenance and salaries of people who write on the newspaper.Back to Sweden, we see a trend of newspapers adopting the subscription model and limiting the access to information. Moreover, the access to the same news in English versions are not always done, which makes it hard to people to stay informed.This is the reason why we decided that from today, we will keep the new publications of the Swedish Times both in Swedish and in English. We are also opening a column “The International Corner” where we will not post only the news in English, but as well experiences of Internationals leaving in Sweden and their opinions about what is happening. We welcome everybody who is interested in participating to mail us at [email protected] and drop us a line with articles, or even opinions about our initiative.

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