ERIC Number: ED452719
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Swedish: The Swedish Language in Education in Finland. Regional Dossiers Series.
Ostern, Anna Lena
This regional dossier aims to provide concise, descriptive information and basic educational statistics about minority language education in a specific country of the European Union--Finland. Details are provided about the features of the educational system, recent educational policies, divisions of responsibilities, main actors, legal arrangements, support structures, and qualitative information on a number of schools, teachers, pupils, and financial investments. This information is designed to serve the needs of policy makers, researchers, teachers, students, and journalists as they assess the developments in European minority language schooling. This information may also serve as a first orientation towards further research (additional readings are suggested and contact information provided). Specifically, information is provided on preschool, primary, secondary, vocational, higher, and adult education, as well as a review of educational research, summary statistics, and overall prospects for the use of the language under study. The subject of this dossier is Swedish spoken in Finland. Swedish is one of two official languages in Finland. A very large minority of Finns are Swedish-speaking, and the number of bilingual families is increasing. The Swedish-speaking population of Finland can be traced back to medieval times when Swedish farmers colonized parts of Finland, and Finland was part of Sweden for more than 600 years (until 1809). (Contains 31 references.) (KFT)
Descriptors: Cultural Maintenance, Educational Policy, Ethnic Groups, Finnish, Foreign Countries, Heritage Education, Language Maintenance, Language Minorities, Language Planning, National Programs, Native Language Instruction, Official Languages, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Swedish, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Mercator-Education, P.O. Box 54, 8900 AB Ljouwert/Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Tel: 31-58-2131414; Fax: 31-58-2131409; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.fa.knaw.nl/uk/mercator/fa-merc.html.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers; Teachers
Sponsor: European Commission, Brussels (Belgium).
Authoring Institution: Fryske Academy, Leeuwarden (Netherlands). Mercator-Education.
Identifiers - Location: European Union; Finland; Sweden