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Academics weigh global-versus-local options
Across the Nordic countries, academics are under pressure to publish in English. While some believe this is a necessary step towards improving standards and attracting international students and scholars, there is a growing backlash against Anglicisation, amid fears for the future of the Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish languages if they cease to be used in academia for critical analysis and the exploration of complex concepts, writes Ed Dutton for Times Higher Education.

Finnish universities increasingly pride themselves on their internationalism. Even so, Finnish higher education's level of internationalisation – as indicated by numbers of foreign students and university staff, Finnish academics' and students' international mobility – lags behind that of other Nordic states. For some, this is a serious problem. For others, it is part and parcel of a focus on protecting the Finnish language that may help to avoid the kind of academic backlash being seen in some neighbouring countries keener to embrace internationalisation.
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