When I was in Britain, the fact that I spoke several languages was always met with awe.
Most Finns speak English and Swedish in addition to Finnish. That’s what you get when your country only has 5 million people and a language that’s related to Estonian.
Swedish is a nod to the fact that we have a large Swedish-speaking minority. And the fact that Finland was mostly just a rather wooded suburd of Sweden last millenium.
English is a necessity in the modern world and we’re taught it from a very young age. Most TV-shows are in English (none of that horrible voice-over business) with subtitles. Me and my sister learnt English by watching Cartoon Network.
But today I met a colleague’s son who’s trilingual – he’s fluent in English, French and German. I’d say his languages trump mine. Easily.
Bloody hermit languages…