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Finnish is Finns' mother tongue. We Finn's also learn English and Swedish in a school and many students choose to study yet another language, usually German, French or Spanish. For the tourist this is a good news! I would say all the Finns younger than 40 years speak very good English. In markets and department stores you will find the clerks wearing a name tag telling not only their name but also which languages they do speak. All the street names are both in Finnish and Swedish. Finnish is a mystery language that only Estonians may understand. To the others is just sounds weird. Swedish is a much more like German or English so you may able to pick a word or two.