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Swedish is one of the official languages of Finland. Finnish is also one of the official languages of Sweden. It's an interesting mix since Finnish is not even an Indo-European language.
Wikipedia has an incredible amount of information about natural languages.
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Posted Sep 1, 2010 1:32 UTC (Wed) by Jonno (subscriber, #49613)
Correction Finnish is not an official language in Sweden. Finnish is an official minority language in parts of Sweden.
See Wikipedia for more information
(The Swedish article is better and has a map of affected areas.).
Swedish is however an official language in Finland, legally on equal footing with Finnish, but in practice the secondary language in most of Finland, and the primary language only in a few municipalities.
Posted Sep 1, 2010 5:53 UTC (Wed) by busman (subscriber, #7333)
Linux was brought up in Helsinki (Finnish capital) and while being officially a bilingual city (all street signs are in finnish and swedish) only ~7% of the population speaks swedish as their mother tongue. So it hardly qualifies as a "swedish-speaking part of Finland" ;)
Posted Sep 1, 2010 12:58 UTC (Wed) by BenHutchings (subscriber, #37955)
Posted Sep 9, 2010 14:17 UTC (Thu) by engla (guest, #47454)
Posted Sep 9, 2010 14:15 UTC (Thu) by engla (guest, #47454)
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