Finland's nationalism also grew where cultural identity and control of their land became a priority.
The Swedish-speaking minority has been the target of harassment and discrimination in Finland.
They are still considered the upper-class in Finland, especially in Helsinki, and have earned nicknames, such as "Svenska talande bättre folk" (Swedish speaking better people).
Finnish culture may be seen to build upon the relatively ascetic environmental realities, traditional livelihoods and a heritage of egalitarianism, (see e.g.: Everyman's right and universal suffrage) and the traditionally widespread ideal of self-sufficiency (see, e.g.: the predominant rural life but also more modern manifestations of such a life in the summer cottage).
There are still cultural differences between Finland's regions, especially minor differences in accents and vocabulary.
Finns are traditionally divided to subgroups (heimo) according to dialect, but these groupings have only a minor importance due to 20th century urbanization and internal migration.