"The Finnish came after the American."

Translation:Finländaren kom efter amerikanen.

January 13, 2015

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I thought The Finnish meant that we were talking about the people, and that if we were talking about one single person from Finland, it was the Finn or at least the Finnish person (/man/woman/child/etc.)? Was I wrong?


In Swedish, there is a difference between finne and finländare. All people of Finland are finländare, but finne refers to the Finnish-speaking population of the bilingual Finland whereas finlandssvensk refers to the Swedish-speaking minority who may often resent being called Finns.

It may be that the English sentence is not very intuitive, but there's an interesting Swedish distiction to be learnt from it.


True, but in this case I was referring to English, not Swedish. Is there really no distinction?

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