request for subtag for Elfdalian

Mats Blakstad mats.gbproject at
Tue Mar 8 11:19:55 CET 2016

2016-03-05 18:45 GMT+01:00 Doug Ewell <doug at>:

> What worried me most about the rejection was the anecdote -- I don't know
> if it was confirmed or not -- that the reason the Swedish government
> opposes calling Elfdalian a language is that they would be required to
> provide resources to the Elfdalian-speaking community.

According to the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages,
article 2, paragraph1, a country can recognize a language according to part
2 of the charter, which means recognition without financial commitment
(unlike commitments that the state can choose to undertake according to
part 3):
The local community in Ă„lvdalen have asked for this kind of recognition
without financial commitment from the Swedish government, but they do not
want to give it.
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