Bilingualism In Finland And Finland

1735 Words7 Pages
Already in the 16th the Emperor Charles V was aware of the importance of language learning as we can deduce from his words “I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my dog”. In nowadays society, foreign language learning is a key concept to understand and also form part of the world around us. Roger Bacon says “Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom”, so there is no doubt that, in our society, being communicatively competent in a foreign language is essential to be successful in the outside world. Important changes like globalization, multiculturalism or the development of new technologies have defined our society and its inhabitants leading us to the end of all kind of boundaries among countries. All these aspects have favoured the study of foreign languages as a vehicle for communication, cultural aspects and also values like tolerance or equality. Given the importance of learning foreign languages, we will explain and compare the bilingual systems in Finland and Spain taking into account the differences and similarities between them. 2. PRESENTATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF THE ANALYSED SYSTEMS, WITH EXPLICIT REFERENCES TO THE DIFFERENT FORMS OF BILINGUAL EDUCATION. Bilingualism in Finland By virtue of Section 17 of the Constitution, Finland is an official bilingual country where Finnish and Swedish are spoken. The Constitution provides equal rights to use these two languages. Actually, nowadays Finland is a multilingual country

More about Bilingualism In Finland And Finland

Open Document