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Finland-Swedish Sign Language
finlandssvenskt teckenspråk (Swedish)
suomenruotsalainen viittomakieli (Finnish)
Native to "Finland
Ethnicity "Finland-Swedes
Native speakers
150 deaf and 300 total (2014)[1]
Same figure of 150 cited in 2001[2]
? "British Sign
Language codes
"ISO 639-3 fss
"Glottolog finl1235[3]

Finland-Swedish Sign Language (FinSSL) is a moribund Deaf "sign language in "Finland. It is now used only in private settings by older adults who attended the only Swedish school for the deaf in Finland (in "Porvoo/Borgå), which was established in the mid 19th century but closed in 1993. FinSSL is said to be a distinct language; however, "Finland-Swedish Deaf have few problems understanding "Finnish signers".[4] There had been, moreover, continuous input from "Swedish Sign Language over its history.


  1. ^ Finland-Swedish Sign Language at "Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Finland-Swedish Sign Language at "Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Finland-Swedish Sign Language". "Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  4. ^ Londen, Monica (2004). Communicational and educational choices for minorities within minorities: The case of the Finland-Swedish deaf (PDF). Helsinki University Press. "ISBN "952-10-0812-1. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 

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