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Students From Åland Count as Swedes

The government has decided that people from the Swedish-speaking, Finnish-owned island of Åland will be counted as regular Swedish students when applying for spots at universities in this country. A new system of quotas set to be in place this fall would have otherwise made it much harder for people from Åland to be accepted.

Come fall, Swedish students will have an easier time getting accepted than foreign applicants, so schools on Åland will be regarded as Swedish.

"It's really good because we people from Åland feel like Swedes in a way: the culture, language, and traditions. Almost everything," a high school student from Åland told Swedish Radio News. "We feel more that our heart is in Sweden rather than Finland."

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