There are two groups of migrants in Sweden, originating in Finland: those whose mother tongue is Finnish, (the Sweden Finns), and those whose native language is Swedish, (the Finland Swedes).
FRIS promotes and campaigns for the rights of the Swedish-speakers (Finland Swedes) living in Sweden. Our objectives incorporate the cultural and social spectrum as well, working towards maintaining and developing our heritage. FRIS has no political, religious etc. affiliations.
FRIS co-operates with public authorities in Sweden (and in Finland) in the interest of influencing policies and gaining information for dissemination to our members. We are part of the Sweden Finnish Delegation, founded in 1999, and co-operate with many other organisations for Finnish people in Sweden, for example The National Association of Finns in Sweden, NAFS, the largest organisation for Finnish speaking Finns in Sweden. We also work together with many organisations for Swedish speaking people in Finland, and value our ties with The Swedish Assembly of Finland highly. Work within the Finnish Expatriate Parliament and its Speaker’s Council is growing in importance. Within this organisation FRIS and its members make up the lion’s share of the worldwide region for Swedish speaking people originating in Finland.
Our present main goal is to achieve minority status for members of our organisation, either as a part of the larger group of migrants from Finland, or as a separate group in our own right, under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (Council of Europe, European Treaty Series, ETS, No.157), ratified by Sweden in June 2000. The Finnish language has been given greater rights in Sweden, according to the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, ETS No. 148 and Swedish Minority Law, and we applaud this development. However, as this minority status is tied to language, it means that we, as Swedish speakers, are left out in the cold. This has resulted in an anomaly by which Finnish-speaking immigrants in Sweden have minority status, but their Swedish-speaking fellow nationals do not. We campaign to change this