Aland-blog on language policy

Anthea Fraser Gupta A.F.Gupta at
Wed Apr 4 08:29:39 UTC 2007

Do they define 'Swedish speaking' as 'able to speak Swedish' (a language test), or 'habitual speaker of Swedish' (in practice an ethnic test)???
I'm not in favour of the establishment of reservations or ethnically limited zones (my family would never get anywhere to live!).

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Anthea Fraser Gupta (Dr) 
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Åland has one of the most interesting pieces of "language policy I 
know.  You cannot buy land there unless you are Swedish speaking.  I 
don't know what brilliant politician was responsible for that, but we 
all know that monolingual Anglophones buying property in the Gaeltaecht 
(for summer cabins and the like) was in some measure helping the Irish 
shift to English.  Won't happen on Åland.  Christina

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