Is swedish practical?

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J.J
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Is swedish practical?

Post by J.J » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:35 pm

So swedish is a national language but is it practical for employment, studies, government services and day to life if you do not know Finnish?



Is swedish practical?

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betelgeuse
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Re: Is swedish practical?

Post by betelgeuse » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:57 pm

J.J wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:35 pm
So swedish is a national language but is it practical for employment, studies, government services and day to life if you do not know Finnish?
employment: less useful than Finnish except in some areas
studies: yes (less programs available though but easier to get in)
goverment services: yes
day to day life: depends on the region


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Re: Is swedish practical?

Post by Upphew » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:48 am

betelgeuse wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:57 pm
J.J wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:35 pm
So swedish is a national language but is it practical for employment, studies, government services and day to life if you do not know Finnish?
employment: less useful than Finnish except in some areas
studies: yes (less programs available though but easier to get in)
goverment services: yes
day to day life: depends on the region
I pretty much agree with that. Except the government services, as there are people providing those services. They won't be proficient with language that they don't use.
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betelgeuse
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Re: Is swedish practical?

Post by betelgeuse » Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:57 pm

Upphew wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:48 am
I pretty much agree with that. Except the government services, as there are people providing those services. They won't be proficient with language that they don't use.
Indeed but then it's their job to find you someone who can. This still makes it practical. I assume the online services are as good as the Finnish ones.


Marsh04
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Re: Is swedish practical?

Post by Marsh04 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:20 pm

Except a few places you can manage better with English than Swedish.

If you don't live in Åland, other than some study opportunities, Swedish is not going to be very helpful. Some official documents you'll find in Swedish but that's all.

Learn Finnish of possible as that's the language you'll need everywhere.


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Re: Is swedish practical?

Post by Mizu1993 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:30 am

For me swedish would be easier to learn, but it is most of the time useless, since not many people can speak it in the end, but also depends which region you are. If you are on the coast to Sweden, then it might be useful. Otherwise not.


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Re: Is swedish practical?

Post by dsi11 » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:54 pm

When I came to Finland many years ago (from Canada), I studied Finnish aggressively and Swedish as more of a side hobby. But my Swedish progressed at a much faster rate than Finnish so I hoped it would be useful in the Helsinki area - alas, it was not. Most Finns in Helsinki have no interest in speaking Swedish, they will much rather switch to English (if they assume you can't speak Finnish).


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