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Old 5th-December-2008   #1
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Just curious, has anybody heard of Tornedal Finnish ? Apparently there are some 75,000 of them in a place called Torne valley in Sweden. Its an old distinct dielect of Finnish spoken in Sweden and has nothing to do with the tens of thousands of Finns who have emmigrated to Sweden for work.

I guess it stems back to when geo-political and linguistic borders were not so fixed as they seem to be today.
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I think that its up in Lapland around the border with Sweden. When I stayed in Rovaniemi, the hotel owner told me that they about their own dialect. The people who live around the Torno river (Torninjoki).
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This relatively small area appears in movies and books also. Currently i am reading a Dutch translation of 'Populärmusik från Vittula' by Mikael Niemi. It is a pretty funny book about this area.

The beautiful movie 'Näkymätön Elina' is also about this area and tell the story of a little girl, Elina, who has to speak Swedish at school, as all kids had to do in those days.
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