Finnish Sign LanguagePrint
5,000 (Van Cleve 1986). Ethnic population: 8,000.
The government pays interpreters to accompany the deaf to hospitals, college, church, etc. Interpreters required in court. Instruction for parents of deaf children. Many classes for hearing people. Committee on national sign language.
First deaf school founded 1850s. Signed Finnish is distinct, but used by some teachers of the deaf.