Frequent question: Can you live in Finland with Swedish?

Finland is a bilingual country according to its constitution. This means that members of the Swedish language minority have the right to communicate with the state authorities in their mother tongue. … Both languages can be used in all communications with the civil servants in such a town.

Is Swedish useful in Finland?

It is useful, as all signs and notes are usually written in both Finnish AND Swedish (unfortunately still quite rarely in English). And yes, Swedish is compulsory in schools so majority of Finns know at least basics :-). But for the long term – it’s definitely better to learn Finnish anyway or just to use English.

Can you move to Finland if you only speak English?

It’s possible, yes. Most Finns speak English, so you don’t necessarily have to learn Finnish in order to be able to interact with Finnish people. And if you come here to study in an English study program and don’t intend to work, you’ll be just fine.

Where do Swedes live in Finland?

Most Swedish-speakers in Finland are concentrated in the coastal areas of Nyland (Uusimaa), Åboland (Turunmaa), Ostrobothnia (Österbotten, Pohjanmaa), and Åland (Ahvenanmaa). The Åland islands are an autonomous part of Finland and as of 2017 the only municipality that is registered as monolingually Swedish-speaking.

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What language should I learn to move to Finland?

If you want to study in Finland, you will probably need Finnish language skills. It is worthwhile studying Finnish or Swedish even if you do not intend on staying in the country for long. Even though Finns generally speak English quite well, knowing Finnish or Swedish will be very useful for you nonetheless.

What religion is in Finland?

As of 2019 about 69% of the population were members of the main national church, the Lutheran Church of Finland, with just over 1% belonging to the second national church, Finland’s Orthodox Church. There are also Catholic, Jewish and Islamic congregations as well as numerous smaller religious communities.

Can I move to Finland without a job?

Choosing to immigrate to Finland from the EU or the European Economic Area, means you don’t need a residence permit either. Whether you’re moving to Finland without a job or pursuing a new career, you can simply head into Finland for about 3 months before you have to do something.

Can you live in Finland if you don’t speak Finnish?

In a nutshell, it is absolutely possible to live in Finland without speaking Finnish and not feeling like a “luuseri”, and it is not about survival but rather about enjoying your life to the fullest! But if you ask me, I would highly approve of your decision to learn the language, it’s really worth it.

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