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We offer a professional Finnish to English and English to Finnish language translation service. Here is some information which you will find useful as the Finnish language is full of interesting facts and essential tips when you are looking to communicate effectively in Arabic speaking countries.
Location: Northern Europe, bordered by Norway, Russian and Sweden and by the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia and Gulf of Finland. Part of the Nordic countries.
Language Family: Uralic Language family
Related Language: Hungarian and Estonian
Global Speakers: 5.1 million native speakers. 30,000 of which speak Tornedalen Finnish
The majority of Finland’s 5.5 million speakers are based in Finland, but there are also a significant amount of Finns in Sweden who speak the language and Finnish is a recognised minority language within Sweden. As a member of the EU, and part of the Economic and Monetary Union, Finland enjoys a largely free-market economy.
Although considered by most to be a Scandinavian country, Finland sees itself as a Nordic country. Geographically Finland is certainly part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. However linguistically, Norwegian and Danish have a common word ‘Skandinavien’ referring to the history of Norsemen and is also used in Iceland. This phrase is not used in Finnish. The phrase Nordic Countries comes from the French Pays Nordiques which creates a common term for Scandinavia, Iceland and Finland and an easier way to represent the country correctly.
The English language may be acceptable in some circles as a ‘business language’, however translation of a presentation, material, documentation etc. or an accompanying Finnish interpreter are vital if you want to build long-term relationships with potential partners and customs and make good impressions.
Finland ranks fourth in the World Economic Forum and is renowned for its healthcare, education and innovative approaches to environmental conversation where it is positioned as the best in the world by the WEF. Affluent and technologically advanced, Finland has one of the highest per capita GDP in Europe. Strategically located amongst other Scandinavian countries and with access to Russia and the Baltic States it is in a lucrative geographical position to export into other markets of Northern Europe. In 2014, exports to Finland from the UK totalled £1.6 billion. Areas which are of particular interest to UK business in Finland include renewable energy, ICT, healthcare, education and retail.
Finnish is part of the Uralic language family. This family consists of 39 languages and is related to Hungarian and Estonian! The Finnish alphabet is Latin based like English with three extra accented vowels that follow the letter ‘z’.
Unlike English, Finnish has a more complex way of expressing tense change whereby suffixes are added to the verb, whereas English uses a lot of auxiliary verbs in order to express different tenses. Furthermore, Finnish has no future tense and the present tense is used instead.
Interestingly, Finnish is not a gender specific language, so unlike English, Finnish does not have separate pronouns for ‘he’ or ‘she’. The word for
‘he’ and ‘she’ is ‘hän’.
There is no ‘a’ and ‘the’.
There is no verb ‘to have.’
Pronunciation of words has a big impact on meaning in the Finnish language and the meaning of the word can change purely by the way it is pronounced. There are 8 vowels in the Finnish language and they affect the meanings of words. If the vowel is repeated the sound is long, if it is one letter it is short and has an impact on the meaning of the word.
For example: ‘tapan’ means ‘I kill’ but: ‘tapaan’ means: ‘I meet’.
Finnish has 15 cases, however because it’s a genderless language there is no confusion regarding adjectival endings as there might be in languages such as Russian and German which have three genders.
Spelling is entirely different in Finnish compared to English as Finnish words are written very much in the same way that they are said.
Did you know: The blue colour in the Finnish flag represents its lakes and the white colour represents the snow of winter?
If you are seeking a superb quality Finnish translation then it is paramount you source a professional translation company that you can trust completely with your project. Lingua Translations only works with in-country Finnish translators who have been vetted using our strict procedures, have 5 years’ experience, are degree qualified and are native speakers.