About the Finnish Language
An eponymous member of the Finnic language family, part of the Uralic family, Finnish is closest to Estonian, Livonian, Karelian, and a number of other languages spoken in the regions surrounding the Baltic Sea. Of these less spoken languages, many are considered “endangered”. A slightly more distant relation to Finnish, Hungarian also forms part of the Uralic language family. Together with Estonian, they are the three most widely spoken languages within the Uralic group.
Within the language, numerous regional dialects can be discerned. These individual dialects are largely geographically delineated. In broad terms, they can be classed into two subsets: Eastern and Western dialects. Aside from regional dialects, Finnish can also be subdivided into two major forms: standard and spoken language. In essence, the Finnish used in conversation bears significant differences from the language used in printed materials or formal forms of address. Our team of Finnish translators and interpreters is capable of working with both forms of the language.