By Hilary Picken | February 26, 2019 | Languages
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Despite Finnish being classed as a Nordic language, it bears little or no resemblance to the Scandinavian languages it is classed alongside. Finnish, more accurately, is a Finnic language of the Uralic family of languages. The languages with the highest number of native speakers in this family are Finnish, Estonian and Hungarian and they share some common traits such as – and this is one for the grammar aficionados – case suffixes, possessive suffixes and various derivational suffixes.
Finnish is the official language of Finland, alongside Swedish, and is spoken by around five million people, most of whom live in Finland. When translating texts into Finnish to reach this many people, it is worth noting that a Finnish sentence will typically be shorter and simpler than the English equivalent due to the way words combine in the Finnic languages. Though the words themselves are often significantly longer, you will need to consider formatting your documents to ensure the look and feel of your materials doesn’t get lost in translation.
Throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, Finns were in a quiet conflict with the ruling Swedish authorities over the status of their native language. The ‘language strife’ didn’t fully end until the 1930s.
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