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Languages of Åland

Languages of Åland
Official languages Swedish
Minority languages Finnish
Main foreign languages English, Finnish
The Åland province of Finland, highlighted in red

Åland, an autonomous region of Finland, has the largest Swedish-speaking majority in Finland, with about 89% of the province, or about 25,000 people, speaking Swedish as their first language (specifically the Åland Swedish dialect). Swedish is also the sole official language of the province.[1] Finnish, of course, also has a presence, although it is small; only 5% of Ålanders are Finnish-speaking.

The ten most spoken languages in 2013 (with a total population of 28,666):[2]

While the number of Swedish-speakers grew from 24,169 in 2000 to 25,424 in 2013, their percentage has dropped from 93.7% in 2000 to 88.7% in 2013. For Finnish, the percentage and number of speakers increased slightly (from 1,238 to 1,392; from 4.8% to 4.9%). The percentage of speakers of other languages grew from 1.5% in 2000 to 6.5% in 2013.[2]

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References

  1. ^ Självstyrelselag för Åland 16.8.1991/1144 - 36 §. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  2. ^ a b Population by language 31 December 2013


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