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5 million

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Also spoken

Estonia, Sweden

Interesting Fact

The Finnish Names Act (Nimilaki) requires that the first name given to a baby must comply with a Finnish naming tradition. Some of the recent accepted names were Raparperi (rhubarb) for girls and Kielo (lily of valley) for boys, but Pääsky (swallow) was rejected for boys, because it didn’t sound like a boy’s name.


Finnish is mainly spoken in Finland, with notable populations of speakers of Finnish (or its dialects) in Sweden, Norway, Russia and Estonia. It is quite popular to learn Finnish as a second language in Estonia, as the two are similar (both are from the Uralic language group) but with distinct differences.

Language length
Finnish tends to be about 10-15% shorter than English. It is full of long compound words and there are no single letter words.

Major Punctuation Differences
Without getting into the real nitty-gritty, Finnish punctuation largely follows the same rules as in English, with a few notable exceptions to watch for when checking a Finnish translation:

Commas: Are used instead of decimal point in numbers.  For example, 345.75 euros would be 345,75 euros.

Capitalization: Just as in English, every sentence starts with a capital and names are capitalized. Interestingly however, names of holidays (e.g. Christmas = joulu) aren’t capitalized.


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