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  1. Magnus Petersson
    July 6, 2015

    “This means that Finnish is more related to Hungarian or Estonian than Swedish or any other North Germanic language. If you think about it, it makes sense because Finland is very close geographically to Estonia. It’s close to Sweden too, but may share more culture with Estonia than with Sweden and thus a language family as well.”

    While it is true that the Finnish language is more related to Estonian and Hungarian, the culture is absolutley not. Finland is a Nordic country that is culturally very similar to Sweden and Norway, and was a fully integrated part of Sweden for 700 years. Thus the culture is Nordic, even though the language is Finnic (Uralic). Finnish is also spoken as the native language of large minorities in Sween and Norway.

    “Sometimes Greenland and the Faroe Islands are grouped in with the Nordic countries, but they generally don’t use North Germanic languages there.”

    Faroese is North Germanic.

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