Swedes beginning to panic as Arabic is about to become the 2nd language of Sweden
(Radio Sweden) Arabic is set to overtake Finnish as Sweden’s second largest language spoken as a mother tongue, according to a new survey.
In 2012, there were an estimated 200,000 people who spoke Finnish as their native language in Sweden, while 155,000 had Arabic.
But since then, many more Arabic speakers have come to Sweden as refugees, while the number of native Finnish speakers is declining.
“Most speakers of Finnish are also immigrants. But they came several decades ago and are now dying,” the study’s author Mikael Parkvall, a linguist at Stockholm University, tells Radio Sweden.
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