Finland: Clash on language teaching

Francis Hult francis.hult at
Sun Sep 26 14:38:12 UTC 2010

Helsingin Sanomat


Kiviniemi and Virkkunen clash on language teaching


A disagreement has emerged between Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi (Centre) and Minister of Education Henna Virkkunen (Nat. Coalition Party) over language teaching in schools. 


Virkkunen said on Monday that she is opposed to the idea of giving pupils in the east of Finland the option to substitute mandatory Swedish with Russian.


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