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%
63%
13%
5%
36
flagSweden
18%
54%
18%
9%
11
flagthe Netherlands
15%
51%
27%
6%
33
flagGermany
13%
50%
25%
9%
111
flagSpain
16%
50%
33%
0%
18
flagBelgium
12%
50%
25%
12%
16
flagthe United Kingdom
26%
47%
17%
8%
219
flagFrance
19%
47%
23%
9%
21
flagDenmark
30%
46%
23%
0%
13
flagPoland
16%
45%
27%
10%
7505
flagItaly
13%
44%
24%
17%
29
flagNorway
27%
41%
24%
6%
29
flagthe United States
31%
38%
18%
11%
144
flagCanada
21%
36%
31%
10%
19
flagUkraine
7%
35%
42%
14%
14
flagUnknown
25%
32%
27%
13%
43
flagAustria
40%
30%
30%
0%
10
flagCzech Republic
0%
27%
72%
0%
11
flagIndia
31%
21%
31%
15%
19

Gender

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

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