The language

Singing in Meänkieli is a way to conquer the language. 



Meänkieli, which means “our language”, is an official minority language closely related to Finnish. In 1809, when Sweden and Russia agreed to draw up a national border along the Torne River, the region was split and the Swedish part of Tornedalen, with its culture and language, became a minority in Sweden. In 2000, Meänkieli was recognised as an official minority language in Sweden. 




I Finnish Tornedalen, Meänkieli is a dialect, but thanks to its being recognised as a language in its own right on the Swedish side, its status has been raised in Finland too. Today about 50,000 people in Sweden speak Meänkieli.