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Strict Swedes and forceful Finns

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Strict Swedes and forceful Finns

Postby Garzo » Tue Sep 13, 2005 7:35 pm

My attention was drawn to a packet of cigarettes from Finland. Being bilingual, the law requires the EU health warning to be in Swedish as well as Finnish. The packet read:
Älä pakota lapsia hengittämään savua.
Låt inte barn andas rök.


This, I gather, translates as Don't force children to inhale smoke in Finnish and Don't let children inhale smoke in Swedish.

Does this mean that Swedish speakers are more strict -- they must prevent all children from inhaling smoke -- whereas Finnish-speaking children may only smoke of their own free will?

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Re: Strict Swedes and forceful Finns

Postby M. Henri Day » Sun Sep 25, 2005 1:02 pm

Garzo wrote:...

Does this mean that Swedish speakers are more strict -- they must prevent all children from inhaling smoke -- whereas Finnish-speaking children may only smoke of their own free will?


Only if they don't inhale....

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