“When I go back to Sweden, it always feels like everyone’s stressed all the time. It’s not like that here,” says Susanne Hiort. She is the headteacher at Svenska Skolan i Wien (the Swedish School in Vienna), founded in 1973 to complement local state schools with Swedish language teaching. Since then, the school has grown to include a bilingual nursery for children aged two and up, a pre-school year that will also be available in English from next
year, and a primary school for years one to six, following the Swedish curriculum.

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