Living in Finland


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Why should I study Finnish or Swedish?

Roughly 90 per cent of Finns speak Finnish as their first language and 5 per cent speak Swedish.

When you are considering whether to study Finnish or Swedish, take the language that is spoken in your place of residence and neighbourhood into consideration.

Most jobs require the ability to speak Finnish. If you want to study in Finland, you should know that Finnish is used in most educational establishments. If you want to apply for Finnish citizenship, you are required to attach a certificate of your ability to speak Finnish or Swedish, or to use Finnish sign language.

Often it is worthwhile studying Finnish or Swedish even if you don’t intend to stay in the country for long. Even though Finns generally speak English quite well, knowing Finnish or Swedish will be very useful for you nonetheless.

When you speak the language, you will become acclimatised more easily and will be more at home in Finland. It will be easier to attend to your affairs with authorities, keep abreast of the news, get to know people and make friends.

The best way to learn a language is to take every opportunity to speak it. You don’t always have to understand every word; it is enough to understand the most important things. So be bold and enter situations where you can speak Finnish or Swedish.

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Information about the Language ActFinnish | Swedish | English
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