Travel around the world with us each Tuesday as we take a closer look at a different language every week!
Closest Relative: Estonian
Official In: Finland, the EU, parts of Sweden and Russia
- Finnish has the same word for “he” and “she,” and does not have grammatical gender at all
- One of the few languages of Europe that doesn’t come from the Indo-European language family
- Possesses “vowel harmony.” A suffix’s vowel is determined by the word it follows.
- Fifteen (not a typo!) noun cases
- Tarja Halonen, first female president of Finland, member of 2009 Forbes Most Powerful Women in the World
- Linus Torvalds, software engineer creator of Linux
- Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins hockey goaltender
Want to learn?
You can find Finnish being taught at SLE Brown this spring! In case you are not a Brown student though, there are plenty of resources available to learn Finnish online, such as LiveMocha, SpeakFinnish!, or utilize the Finnish Embassy resource page!