Hejsan Budapest! - Languages create wealth seminar
09.11.2016 /09:00 - 09.11.2016 /12:00

Hejsan Budapest! - Languages create wealth seminar

Although multilingualism has become more important in both the private and the public sector, its added value and impact on the economy have not been fully analysed. However, several factors indicate that a multilingual environment is an undeniable advantage that attracts new businesses to a city, a region or a country. Language skills contribute to creating growth and jobs, and are an asset not only to individuals, but also to business, regions, countries, and even Europe. To put it simply, languages create wealth.

Language and wealth are also a question of equal opportunities. Equal access to education and training is crucial for social inclusion. By providing everyone with the necessary skills to enter the labour market we make an investment that will be beneficial to the whole community. When the majority is generous to the minority, both groups prosper.

The event will be held in English and interpretation to Hungarian will be provided. A light lunch will be served after the seminar.



The Economics of Minority Languages: Dr. Michele Gazzola, Department of Education Studies of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin & Institute for Ethnic Studies in Ljubljana

The role of minority rights in building bridges: Astrid Thors, Former High Commissioner on National Minorities in OSCE

Culturally sensitive marketing, an alternative way to improve minority linguistic status. The case of “Igen, tessék!” (Yes, please!): István Horváth, The Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities & founder of “Igen, tessék!”

Innovation and new approaches to build on the linguistic diversity of Romani communities in Europe: The case of the Romanes in films: Katalin Bársony, Executive Director of Romedia Foundation

Moderator and curator: Johan Häggman, multilingualism expert

Presented by

Cita-Högnabba-Lumikero, Director of Finnish Institute in Budapest FinnAgora
Petri Tuomi-Nikula, Ambassador of Finland


Wednesday 9th of November, 2016 from 9 a.m. till 12 a.m.
Embassy of Finland
1118 Budapest
Kelenhegyi út 16/A

No entrance fee
Registration: by the 7th of November 2016 at


The event is part of Hejsan Budapest! – brings Swedish-speaking Finns to you!