A CITIZENS' initiative calling for the abolishion of mandatory Swedish tuition sparked a thorough and heated debate on language policy at the Finnish Parliament on 15 May. Overall, the initiative received statements of support from 62,000 Finnish citizens. The abolishion of mandatory Swedish tuition, advocates of the initiative argue, is justifiable on grounds that Finns' ability to learn English deteriorates because they are obliged to learn a minimum of two foreign languages.
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"There is not a similar requirement regarding a language spoken by a minority in any other country of the world," the sponsors highlight in the initiative.