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Since Finnish is reputedly the second toughest language in the world (I've never tried to learn, but given how tough Hungarian is, I definitely believe it, and Hungarian doesn't even have 17 cases), and since the only countries whose languages are even distantly related is Estonia and Hungary, I can see why anyone with a choice would learn Swedish, which is much easier, and more than half of the top ten languages spoken are Indo-European. Granted, I'd choose Finnish (I even tried to when I lived in Sweden, but they turned me down for the classes), but I've been accused of being a masochist, and I definitely like learning things that aren't as widely known. I know I'm different, rationally, it makes more sense to learn Swedish, even if Finnish is cooler.