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
17%
63%
12%
7%
41
flagBelgium
11%
52%
23%
11%
17
flagthe Netherlands
15%
51%
25%
7%
39
flagGermany
13%
50%
25%
9%
117
flagFinland
16%
50%
33%
0%
12
flagFrance
19%
47%
23%
9%
21
flagSpain
15%
47%
36%
0%
19
flagthe United Kingdom
26%
46%
18%
7%
240
flagNorway
25%
46%
21%
6%
32
flagSweden
23%
46%
23%
7%
13
flagDenmark
30%
46%
23%
0%
13
flagPoland
17%
44%
27%
10%
8763
flagItaly
18%
40%
21%
18%
32
flagUnknown
21%
39%
23%
15%
332
flagthe United States
30%
39%
17%
11%
147
flagCanada
21%
36%
31%
10%
19
flagUkraine
7%
35%
42%
14%
14
flagCzech Republic
0%
27%
72%
0%
11
flagIndia
31%
21%
31%
15%
19

Gender

men44%
women41%
Swedish
14%
19%
Estonian
44%
41%
Hungarian
29%
26%
None
10%
12%

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