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It seems like my memory got it wrong and it was Danish and not Finnish. The main point is that the non-German speaking minorites in Germany got special political rights under the postwar constitution.

The SSW which is the party for the Danish and Frisian minority in Schleswig-Holstein for example doesn't need to reach 5% to get into parliaments like other German parties.

That leads to a state where nobody really cares about those languages and we now have headlines like http://www.euractiv.com/culture/report-germanys-minority-languag-news-220235. That's in contrast to Great Briton, Spain and France having problems with terror attacks of minorities in the second half of the 20st century.