Finns are strangers to the European family. Descendants of an errant Mongolian tribe, they speak a language unrelated to the Indo-European linguistic group.
“Descendants of an errant Mongolian tribe”? I imagine it was a widespread belief, especially among Swedes and Russians, during Sibelius’ formative years, but one does not expect to encounter it in an otherwise serious and well-researched article in 2007. Whether Finns are “strangers to the European family” is a matter of judgment but their descent from Mongols is a poorly founded conjecture from the 18th or 19th century that refuses to die.