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Did UM do it right when it just wanted to talk about its activities in Finnish?

Did UM do it right when it just wanted to talk about its activities in Finnish?

University students at Åbo Akademi University received an answer that a visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can only be arranged in Finnish. True or false, or just supportive and undiplomatic? The answer is in our survey.

Students from Turku Academy planned to visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in connection with a trip to Helsinki.

In an email, they asked how UM was reacting to the visit. The answer received in Swedish and Finnish was:

“The presentations here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are held in Finnish, isn’t that a problem? If any of the students want to start a diplomatic career, they must be able to speak and write in Finnish.”

The official who sent the reply to HBL said that the working language of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is Finnish and it is difficult to arrange a full visit in Swedish. He also assumed that “most Swedish speakers can speak Finnish”.

Read the whole article here: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not want to accept students in Swedish

The status of UM’s response was only highlighted when it was highlighted on Twitter. The response of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was questioned among other things Robin Harmsa specialist in the Office of the Minority Ombudsman.

What do you think? Is UM directly acting right, supportive, or wrong? Answer our survey!


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