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The "finlandssvensk" (the finnish-swedish) people are a Finnish minority consisting of 292,400 people (1999), or 5,7% of the Finnish population.

The Finlandssvensks speaks Swedish as their native tongue. The pronounciation differs, however, from "rikssvenska", the Swedish spoken in Sweden. A large portion of the officially Swedish-speaking people are bilingual? with their other language being Finnish.

It should be noted that Finland has two official languages, Finnish and Swedish. The Finnish-speaking Finns sometimes confuse the Finnish-Swedish with Swedish people, and therefore many Finnish-Swedish like to emphasise that they are in fact Finns and not Swedish.


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