English to Finnish Translation

Population: Of the approximately 6 million Finnish-speaking people living in Europe in 2005, 3.3 million had access to the Internet.

Search engines: http://www.soneraplaza.fi/haku/sonerahttp://www.walhello.com/mainfi.html

Character Encodings:

Language Code: fi

Charset: ISO-8859-1

Geographical Location: Finland, Estonia, Norway, Sweden.

Literacy Rate: 99%

Dialects: There are two major dialects in Finnish, the Western and Eastern. The dialects have slight variations in pronunciation, which do not affect understanding.

Currency: Euro (Finland).

Language Tips: Finnish has two distinct forms; one is more formal and is used for church sermons, political speeches and newscasts. It is also the form used for writing, and features more complicated syntax than the regular spoken forms. The other is more colloquial, and is used in regular conversations, popular TV shows etc. Finnish is unrelated to the other Scandinavian languages. It’s closest relative is Hungarian. Finnish uses endings extensively to denote the role of nouns, adjectives, prepositions and verbs in sentences. Finnish does not have a future tense, instead, future actions are implied by the context of the sentence. Finnish has a smaller base vocabulary than many languages, and uses suffixes to form new words. For instance kirja “book” is the root of kirjain “letter”, kirjasto “library”, and kirjoittaa “to write” as well as others. Finnish has historically borrowed from many languages including early forms of German, Iranian, Turkish, Polish, and other Baltic and Slavic languages. More modern borrowed words come from Swedish, Russian and English. Finnish-speakers use the Arabic numbering system and use decimals and commas opposite to the English version. For instance ten thousand, nine hundred twenty three point four would be written 10.923,4.

On a typical business card: We would recommend leaving the person’s name and company name in English script. Addresses can often be left in English as well; however, city and country names should be translated if the Finnish equivalent differs from English.

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