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Apr 24

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In a country with a population of 5+ Million, it may come to many as a surprise that a few of these actually speak swedish as a mother tongue. Having roots in the history of the 16th century, when Finland was a part of the Swedish kingdom, a small minority still stubbornly sees the language of the king as the language of their heart.

Today, the swedish-speaking finns hold an official population of 275.000 out of 5 Million, trend declining, and are mostly situated on the south-west and west-coast of Finland. But the choice of language has a much deeper meaning that this, and thus this small population has in many ways developed into a sandwich culture between the finnish and the swedish one, trying hard but belonging to neither one of them.

Perhaps because to this cultural split, or because of the bi-lingual upcoming of having a swedish-speaking home but a finnish-speaking surrounding, many swedish-speaking finns have sought to go abroad to find their happiness.

Playing a bit further with statistics we know that 33% of the finnish population know German language (1.782.000), and 0,02% of the whole population lives as emmigrates abroad (12.650). Now, adopting these percentages to the swedish-speaking finns who speak german plus lives abroad, it leaves a total of 2.123.

Meet one of them: me.

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