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
7%
69%
7%
15%
13
flagRepublic of Ireland
15%
63%
15%
6%
33
flagthe Netherlands
7%
53%
32%
7%
28
flagGermany
13%
50%
25%
10%
108
flagSpain
16%
50%
33%
0%
18
flagBelgium
12%
50%
25%
12%
16
flagSweden
20%
50%
20%
10%
10
flagFrance
19%
47%
23%
9%
21
flagthe United Kingdom
28%
46%
16%
8%
201
flagItaly
14%
46%
21%
17%
28
flagDenmark
30%
46%
23%
0%
13
flagPoland
16%
45%
27%
9%
7034
flagNorway
25%
44%
22%
7%
27
flagthe United States
31%
39%
18%
10%
141
flagCanada
21%
36%
31%
10%
19
flagUkraine
0%
36%
45%
18%
11
flagAustria
40%
30%
30%
0%
10
flagUnknown
27%
27%
22%
22%
22
flagIndia
33%
22%
27%
16%
18

Gender

men47%
women42%
Swedish
12%
19%
Estonian
47%
42%
Hungarian
30%
26%
None
9%
11%

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