Want To Learn Finnish?
Finland is a European country located in Scandinavia, bordering Sweden, Norway, and Russia. Around 5.5 million people call the country home. Finland is perhaps best known as the home of Santa Claus, who is said to live in the northern regions of the country. Many people come to the country each year to see the northern lights, visible at only certain times of year in certain locations.
Finland’s official language is Finnish, known as Suomi in their language. There are supposedly 5.4 million speakers of the language, mostly concentrated in Finland and neighboring Sweden, where it is recognized as a minority language. Interestingly, it has a rather unique background with differing roots than the other Scandinavian languages. It does share some resemblance with Estonian, however.
One way to recognize Finnish is by the abundant use of diacritic marks that appear similar to umlauts. It takes the Swedish interpretation of the Latin alphabet and adds an additional two letters. It inflects words based on their role in a sentence, having 14 different noun cases. It does not distinguish gender in nouns or pronouns, however.
Anyone looking to explore this beautiful country will face some difficulties if they don’t speak any Finnish. Knowing Swedish would be the next best thing, though many young people learn English in school, along with German and Russian. However, it is highly recommended that you prepare yourself with at least some Finnish skills in order to get the most out of your stay and fully enjoy what for many is a winter wonderland.