Via SR:

On Wednesday, a new law takes effect in Sweden that will pay immigrants taking state-funded Swedish language classes up to almost 2,000 U.S. dollars, tax-free, for completing the program within a year.

Running this incentive program is expected to cost over 10 million U.S. dollars and has come under strong criticism from teachers and researchers for patronizing students.

But Sweden's integration minister, Nyamko Sabuni, defends the new law. According to her, there is a culture of staying in the classes for a long time, but the new law will encourage students to move through quickly.