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Edit request / question 7 April 2017[edit]

Why is a "patron saint" displayed in the infobox? Patron saints are a catholic thing, but Finland is mostly protestant / non-religious country. As far as I know, Finland doesn't "officially" have a patron saint i.e. no governmental body has ever recognised this. I request the removal of this information.

You should read the article on St. Henry. He is traditionally credited with the Christianisation of Finland, and is thus a figure of major historical significance. It is probably the most recognized folklore in Finland how he was slain by Lalli the Peasant on the ice of Lake Köyliö. Although Finland is nowadays Protestant country, no one had yet heard of Martin Luther in the 12th century and he remains the the patron saint of the Catholic Church in Finland, his name day is celebrated on January 19 and the sole pilgrimage in Finland is in his memory. --hydrox (talk) 20:04, 7 April 2017 (UTC)
I know all this, but I still don't know why this justifies the existence of such a detail in the infobox. Why this piece of folklore? Why not some other minor fact, e.g. that the Finnish national animal is the brown bear? 82.203.156.183 (talk) 21:50, 7 April 2017 (UTC)
Can't give you any better answer than that it's one of the parameters in {{Infobox country}}, unlike national animals, flowers etc. Although I have to admit it's not very widely used - of those countries listed under patron saints of places I could only find it used for Iceland, England, Wales and Scotland in addition to Finland. Did not check every country though. But all of these countries are actually Protestant just like Finland. --hydrox (talk) 09:01, 8 April 2017 (UTC)
You should read the article on St. Henry. He is traditionally credited with the Christianisation of Finland. AlfaRocket (talk) 10:11, 2 September 2017 (UTC)

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Unnecessary terms in Swedish?[edit]

As Finnish and Swedish are both official languages, terms in Finnish should be followed by a term in Swedish.--Per W (talk) 18:42, 21 October 2017 (UTC)

One term is enough. It can be Finnish or English. In articles concerning countries with more than one official language the term of the dominant language is used, or the English term (e.g. Belgium, Netherlands). What comes to Parlamentti it can be changed into Parliament of Finland but the Swedish addition is not necessary in the English article.--Velivieras (talk) 19:23, 22 October 2017 (UTC)
When you introduce a term, it should be in both languages. There is no equivalent in the boxes for Belgium and the Netherlands. --Per W (talk) 19:28, 22 October 2017 (UTC)--Per W (talk) 19:28, 22 October 2017 (UTC) Later you can use just the Finish or the English term. Per W (talk) 22:23, 22 October 2017 (UTC)
Parlamentti is now in English, which is the best option in English Wikipedia and in line with all the other terms also and in line with other country articles. --Velivieras (talk) 08:23, 23 October 2017 (UTC)

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