The Finnish Language
Finnish Studies at SSEES | Finland in brief |
More about Finland
belongs to the Finno-Ugric family of languages, so it is not related to
either of its neighbours, i.e. Swedish or Russian. There are about 5
million speakers in Finland and adjacent countries.
Finnish uses the Latin
alphabet, with two additional letters (ä, ö), and has a complex yet very
logical grammar. The vocabulary includes some loans from Indo-European
languages e.g. bussi, turisti, musiikki, paperi, televisio,
Everyone knows at
least two words in Finnish: sauna and Nokia (the name of
the company stems from a small town of the same name where the company
first started producing paper, car tyres, Wellington boots... ).
People all over the
world learn Finnish, as translators and interpreters are in great demand
to work for international and European bodies such as the European
Union. Leading international companies and research bodies, in
particular in the areas of communications, IT and other technologies,
have close links with Finland. There is also a demand for Finnish
speakers to work for UK-based companies.
To find out more about the Finnish language click on the links below:
This page last modified
Thursday 16 December 2010.