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(1889) [MARC] Author: Leo Mechelin Translator: Charles J. Cooke
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2 TIIE PUBLIC LAW OF FINLAND.

provinces were granted the same active rights,
concerning legislation and the election of kings,
as the Swedish provinces. Any political
distinction between Swedes and Finlanders was
abolished. Finland was thenceforward a a
integral part of the kingdom of Sweden, having
the same Constitution, the same civil laws, the
same financial system, as other parts of the
kingdom, and sharing alike the triumphs and
disasters of the Metropolis.

The great majority of the population of
Finland were not of the same race as the Swedes.
This racial distinction, however, does not seem
to have been any obstacle to the growth of
political solidarity between the two parts of the
kingdom, and the existence of Swedish colonies
on the west coast of Finland contributed much
to the completion of this solidarity. The racial
distinctiveness, however, still remained. The
Finns retained their language, which the Swedish
Government did not even attempt to suppress,
and the cultivation of which was advanced, in
consequence of the Reformation, by the
translation of the Bible into Finnish, and by the zeal

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