Which European language is Finnish most closely related to?

Swedish
Estonian
Hungarian
None
Finnish is not an In­do-Eu­ro­pean lan­guage. It is (to­geth­er with Es­to­ni­an) a member of Finnic group, which itself belong to Uralic family. Estonian and Finnish are not mutually in­tel­li­gi­ble, although many words and the grammar are similar, so people can typ­i­cal­ly un­der­stand written texts in the other language to some extent (sim­i­lar­i­ly to Por­tuguese and Span­ish).

Answers distribution

Swedish
Estonian
Hungarian
None
answers
flagLithuania
14%
64%
7%
14%
14
flagRepublic of Ireland
16%
61%
11%
9%
42
flagFinland
13%
60%
26%
0%
15
flagthe Netherlands
13%
54%
25%
6%
44
flagBelgium
11%
52%
23%
11%
17
flagNorway
25%
50%
19%
5%
36
flagSwitzerland
12%
50%
37%
0%
16
flagGermany
15%
48%
24%
10%
123
flagthe United Kingdom
25%
47%
18%
8%
258
flagFrance
19%
47%
23%
9%
21
flagUkraine
10%
47%
31%
10%
19
flagSpain
15%
47%
36%
0%
19
flagDenmark
30%
46%
23%
0%
13
flagPoland
17%
45%
26%
10%
9274
flagCanada
19%
42%
28%
9%
21
flagItaly
20%
41%
20%
17%
34
flagthe United States
29%
39%
18%
11%
151
flagUnknown
21%
38%
24%
15%
367
flagSweden
37%
37%
18%
6%
16
flagIndia
31%
21%
31%
15%
19

Gender

men45%
women42%
Swedish
14%
19%
Estonian
45%
42%
Hungarian
28%
26%
None
10%
12%

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