About being a Swedish-speaking Finn in Finland

Global Young Voices website

I recently wrote another article for Global Young Voices that got published today. This time it was about what it is like to be a Swedish-speaking Finn in Finland – “finlandssvensk” in Swedish and “suomenruotsalainen” in Finnish. Few know that Swedish is spoken also in Finland due to historical reasons and the fact seem to cause confusion for many, including my friends from abroad and even for my boyfriend sometimes ??

Finland was a part of Sweden for about 700 years before being a part of Russia for 108 years and the Swedish language and parts of the culture survived within the Swedish-speaking population. Yesterday (December 6th) we actually celebrated the 99th Independence Day and I can’t wait to see what happens next year when it’s the centennial! Hopefully the celebrations will be more visible than people watching the president’s ball on tv as is the custom for at least half the population. Really hope for buller och bång as we would say in Swedish that means something like “hullabaloo” in English.

Thank you for everyone who helped me with the article! 🙂 So go read it here!

Global Young Voices website

Global Young Voices website: articles from millennials to millennials from all over the world

You can find all my articles written for GYV here.

Jasmine Zelda is a twenty-something Swedish-speaking Finn from Hanko, Finland. In 2017 she took the leap and moved to Amsterdam, Netherlands to follow her dreams and to build an international marketing career. She has previously lived in Paris and southern France, upstate New York, USA and Sweden. She has a passion for writing, social media, marketing, PR and appreciates the small good things in life.

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