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Finnish speaking countries

Finnish is the official language in Finland and is spoken in 3 more countries as monther tongue by a part of the population. The Finnish language (native name: suomi, suomen kieli) has its roots in the Uralic language family.

With a share of around 94%, it is most widespread in Finland. A total of about 5.5 million people worldwide speak Finnish as their mother tongue.

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
FinlandNorthern Europeyes94.2 %5,198,000
SwedenNorthern Europeno2.4 %244,000
EstoniaNorthern Europeno0.7 %9,000
Åland IslandsNorthern Europeno4.8 %1,000