Published August 15, 2017
This video was recorded in Helsinki, Finland by Kristen Tcherneshoff, where she and Eetu live. Finnish Sign Language is spoken by as many as 15,000 people, primarily in the Northern European nation of Finland, where it has been politically recognized since 1995 alongside Finnish, Swedish, and Saami. A member of the Swedish Sign family of languages, Finnish SL is related to both the Swedish and Portuguese sign languages, and potentially to British Sign Language, although this is a matter of debate among linguists. It is believed to have emerged as a separate language in the nineteenth century, when Finland seceded from the Kingdom of Sweden and joined the Russian Empire.