Finns in Switzerland

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Finns in Switzerland
Total population
(7,000[1])
Languages
Finnish, German, French and Italian.
Related ethnic groups
Finnish people

Finns in Switzerland consist of migrants from Finland to Switzerland and their descendants. According to one estimate[which?] there are 7,000 Finns living in Switzerland, of whom 4,000 are first generation immigrants and 3,000 are second generation immigrants. Most of the first generation immigrants are women in their 40s and 50s, many of whom immigrated from 1960–70.[2] Most Finns in Switzerland live in the Canton of Zürich.[1]

The first Finnish schools of Switzerland were located in Bern and Zürich, and opened in 1982. Schweizerische Vereinigung der Freunde Finnlands (SVFF) began to operate in 1946, and has since published a newspaper called Suomen Sanomat until it was changed to Finnland Magazin. This newspaper is issued four times in year.[2] Sveitsin suomenkielinen kirkollinen toiminta (SSKT) organizes Finnish language church activities around Switzerland.[3]

Notable Finns in Switzerland[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Finnish embassy in Switzerland
  2. ^ a b Hannele Jönsson-Korhola and Anna-Riitta Lindgren, Monena suomi maailmalla - Suomalaisperäisiä kielivähemmistöjä, Helsinki 2003, ISBN 951-746-344-8 (in Finnish)
  3. ^ SSKT Sveitsin suomenkielinen kirkollinen toiminta (in Finnish)
  4. ^ Srini. "Raikkonen's biography"
  5. ^ Mannerheim.fi - Course of Life

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