The Swedish Assembly of Finland, or Folktinget, is an organisation with the statutory task of safeguarding the Swedish language and the interests of the Swedish-speaking population in Finland. The Assembly participates in the law drafting process and issues statements on topics involving the Swedish-speaking population. Folktinget is a cross-political body – all parliamentary parties with activities in Swedish are members.
Folktinget publishes and distributes brochures on linguistic rights and disseminates information on Swedish culture in Finland. In addition, the Swedish Assembly regularly compiles information and statistical reports on the Swedish-speaking Finns, and promotes positive attitudes towards bilingualism through campaigns and events.
On international and especially European arenas, Folktinget actively promotes linguistic diversity.
The Constitution states that Finnish and Swedish are the national languages of Finland, and accordingly, the Swedish language has a strong constitutional position. Legislation is drafted and published in both Finnish and Swedish, and all acts and decrees are issued in both languages, meaning that both language versions are equal.
In the brochure below, you will find information about why Finland is a bilingual country, about linguistic rights in Finland, about our education system and what the media landscape in Swedish looks like. You will also find statistics about the Swedish-speaking population, and furthermore the different regions where Swedish is spoken are described.