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About Our Finnish Translation Services

We are a Canadian company with experience and a reputation you can trust!

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We only translate Finnish for business and government institutions directly. To assist individuals, we have gathered information on translating a wide range of personal documents such as Birth Certificates, Passports and Passport Stamps, Driver Licenses, Criminal Records and Criminal Clearances, Marriage Licenses, School Transcripts, and Diplomas and Degrees. Please visit HERE!




Finnish to English and English to Finnish Translation Services

* The rule of thumb when reading and writing Finnish is that you write as you read and read as you write as each letter in the alphabet usually has its own distinct sound.

* The letter ‘w’ is actually just a variant of ‘v’ and either can be used, while the letters š and ž which are normally only used in newer loan words and foreign names are often overlooked and can be written using sh and zh respectively.

* Finnish has 29 letters and is written using the Swedish adaptation of the Latin alphabet, which is essentially identical but includes three distinct extra characters namely å, ä, ö.

 

Samples of Finnish Translation and Interpretation Services

* Our Finnish translation services are not a large percentage of our work, but we have requests from regular clients for small documents.


About the Finnish Language

* Finnish is a Uralic or Finno-Uralic language that is not part of the Indo-European group of languages.

* The Finns may live fairly close to and share a great deal of recent history with the Scandinavians, however it is believed that they migrated from the Ural Mountains and that speakers of a Finno-Ugrian language have been in the area since 3,000BC.

* The first written form of Finnish dates back to 1450 (or the Middle Ages) when Finland was annexed to Sweden, but the first comprehensive Finnish writing form was created by bishop Mikael Agricola in the 16th Century and was based on his knowledge of Latin, Swedish and German.

* It was only in the 19th Century and thanks to Vilhelm Snellman’s Hegelian nationalistic ideas that concerted efforts were made to change written Finnish from one used almost exclusively for religious contexts to a fully-fledged national language.

* The most important contributions to modern Finnish were made by Elias Lönnrot who not only compiled the Kalevala (a compilation of Karelian and Finnish oral folklore considered one of the most significant works of Finnish literature), but also acted as an arbitrator in disputes of western vs. eastern dialects during the development of Standard Finnish.

 

Interesting Facts about Finnish

* According to statistics the Finnish nation are the biggest coffee drinkers in the world and use no less than 9.6kg of coffee beans per person per year and if you excluded children from the calculation this amount would increase by quite a bit.

* Finland holds two world records – one for the most number of lakes that are larger than 500m2 (total 187,888) and the other for the highest number of islands (total 179,584) within a single territory.


 

 



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About Finnish...


There are approximately 5 million Finnish speakers, the majority of whom are Finnish citizens, however there are several minorities in Sweden, Norway, Russia, Estonia and the Americas.