|Finland-Swedish Sign Language|
|finlandssvenskt teckenspråk (Swedish)|
|suomenruotsalainen viittomakieli (Finnish)|
|150 deaf and 300 total (2014)|
Same figure of 150 cited in 2001
|ELP||Finnish-Swedish Sign Language|
Finland-Swedish Sign Language (FinSSL) is a moribund sign language in Finland. It is now used only in private settings by older adults who attended the only Swedish school for the deaf in Finland (in Porvoo/Borgå), which was established in the mid 19th century but closed in 1993. Some 90 persons have it as their native language. FinSSL is said to be a distinct language; however, "Finland-Swedish Deaf have few problems understanding Finnish signers". There had been, moreover, continuous input from Swedish Sign Language over its history.
|Swedish Sign Language family tree|