That the Swedish-speaking Finns are richer than their Finnish-speaking compatriots is one of the strongest stereotypes applied to Finland’s Swedish-speaking population. This stereotype often fuels jealously from the Finnish-speaking population towards Swedish-speakers. This is frustrating for most Swedish-speakers who are aware that it is not at all based in fact. New research from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health has been released that proves that Swedish-speakers are indeed no richer than Finnish-speaking Finns.
According to researcher Liisa Moilanen at the Institute of Occupational Health, there are no differences in how much members of Finland’s two language groups earn. There were also no differences in property ownership, however Swedish-speakers were more likely to invest their capital in shares. Men earn more in both language groups.
The only difference Moilanen found was that Swedish-speakers tended to have a greater “social capital” than Finnish-speakers, in other words they have on average larger families and a greater number of friends. Swedish-speakers also had a slightly more positive attitude towards their job than other Finns.