Facts about the Finnish language
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Facts about the Finnish Language


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Where is Finnish Language Spoken?

Finnish is mainly spoken only in Finland. Finnish is a native language for most of the Finns. In addition, there are Finnish speakers living in the neighboring countries Sweden, Norway and Russia, but also in the United States and Australia.

How Many Speak Finnish Language?

In Finland, about 4.8 million speak Finnish as their first language and about half a millon people speak it as a second language.

How Old is Finnish Language?

Finnish language is one of the Uralic languages which have all descended from Proto-Uralic language. The Proto-Uralic language was spoken about 7 000 to 10 000 years ago in the area of Ural Mountains. It is believed that Finno-Ugric speakers have been living in the area of modern-day Finland for the last 5000 years.

What Languages are similar to Finnish?

Other Uralic languages are Hungarian, Estonian and Sami. Sami is a a language that is spoken in Northern Europe, in the northern parts of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia. In addition there are some very rare Finnish related Uralic languages, which are spoken in Russia.

Finnish Language is Hard to Learn?

Is Finnish language hard to learn? Finnish is sometimes listed as one of the hardest to learn, but is that really true. In Finnish language there is no article, no gender, no preposition, or no silent letters. So perhaps Finnish can be easy to learn?

Institute for the Languages of Finland