Finland Swedish language

janeski ✭✭
edited September 2017 in Ideas
When i tried to set my language to Swedish, the Android will automatically change my location to Sweden. I'm living in Finland and it's living lot's of People in Finland which are speaking Swedish. Lumia phones have support for Finland's Swedish but not any Android phones yet. I hope changes for that.
I'm sorry for poor English but i hope you understand the point.


  • user389
    user389 ✭✭✭✭

    I'm curious - Where in the phone does the location go wrong when the display language is changed?

    With an active SIM card inserted the phone and the Android OS knows approximately where it is located.

    When location services are enabled apps can access the location of the phone.

    I have added UK English as a secondary language on my Nokia 6 in Denmark (Android don't speak Danish yet). After installing the required files for keyboard and speech, I can change the display language on the phone to UK English without any side-effects, or at least nothing I'm aware of?


  •  Android doesn't support Danish?! I thought it was a modern OS...

    One of the most annoying things I found with my Lumia was that it couldn't cope when I wanted to use English voice recognition but I'd bought the phone in France - what?! When the mainboard was replaced under warranty and came back with a global product code I could use whatever language location combination i wanted.

    So, I hope I never see this stupid restriction on HMD phones.

  • user389
    user389 ✭✭✭✭

    Google Assistant and its voice commands does not support Danish (yet) and the preferences for it are greyed out when the display language is set to Danish. - Not being able to adjust the preferences is a bug since the phone listen and responds to 'OK Google' on any screen.

    (I disallowed access to the microphone for the Google app as a workaround).

    I have no issues adding other display languages, keyboards and speech, and can toggle between those installed when needed.

    There will be issues regarding local news, and maybe some bugs lurking regarding calendar preferences etc. but that's another story.

    Similar to Microsoft, Google only want feedback and bug reports via the feedback options in their apps and in Android.

    There is sadly no point discussing Android and Google app issues here or in Google's own forums, except as pastime on a rainy day ...


  • Catrin
    Catrin ✭✭

    I was searching online for ways to separate region and language settings in my Nokia 7 Plus, and then I found this community. I was quite surprised when I see that the problem I have today, in 2020, was already notified by other Nokia Android-users in 2017. I am Swedish-speaking but live in Finland. To be able to download certain apps (eg HSL matkalla app) I have to change the language in my phone to Suomi (Suomi) and then download the app. Then I have to switch the language back to Svenska (Sverige) in order to use the phone. I have had the same problem when I wanted to download an app that can correspond with my car, not possible until you switch language settings (the app is not available in your region ....). This is so frustrating and limiting. I like Nokia's phone in general, but I cannot understand why Nokia treats us Swedish-speakers in this way. According to the law, Finland has two national languages, Finnish and Swedish. I guess immigrants have the same problem as me. I guess I will soon have to abandon Nokia and start using iPhone, I can't continue like this for long...😟

  • Kartik Gada
    Kartik Gada Super User

    Hey @HMDLaura,

    Can this be forwarded to a concerned department for a fix. A Finnish brand doesn't support one of its own national languages is not good. I hope they look into this. 🙂

  • madbilly
    madbilly Super User

    Hi @Catrin,

    I completely agree with you and unfortunately this is a symptom of us all being dependent on software made in the USA where everyone speaks English (or so the white male programmers believe) so they think everywhere is one language per country and why would anyone need to do anything different? I had the same problem on Windows Phone trying to get Cortana working in France but in the English language - impossible.

    If Nokia hadn't gone to Windows phone and we still had a Europe-led (or any other continent, for that matter, anywhere except North America where they all speak English or Spanish (and the English speakers think that Mexico is in central America anyway!)) mobile OS ecosystem I don't think we could have this problem.

    I hope that @Kartik Gada is right, surely HMD can lean on Google to sort out this ignorance about languages and countries?

    You could always try reporting it to Google here:

    And here:

    I would be surprised if this problem wasn't already reported somewhere - if you find it please post back here to tell us; I will definitely add my voice to the complaint!

    Cheers 🙂