Finnish: The Quirky Language of the Nordic Realm

There is a funny little language mixed in with the languages of the Nordic countries.  I say funny, but it really is a pretty languages.  What language is that?  Finnish.  Have you heard the Finnish language?  Here is a little video clip of how to introduce yourself in Finnish.

Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish all have one thing in common.  All four of them stem from Old Norse.  Here is a small tree to show how those languages are connected and their history as a language family.

Germanic Tree

So, where is Finnish?  Not on there.  In fact, Finnish is not an Indo-European language.  Finnish is from the Uralic language family.  In fact, it is more closely related to Hungarian than it is to Swedish.  Holy Calamari!  So how did a language that is closely related to Hungarian end up in Finland?  Well the language family to which Finnish belongs is called the Uralic language family.  This family also has Sámi, and Estonian included in it.  Need an illustration for that?  Here you go.

Because Finland was under Swedish control during a period of its history, there are quite a few people in Finland that speak Swedish.  Those that speak Swedish as their first language are sometimes called Fenno-Swedes.  One of my good friends is a Fenno-Swede.  Because of Swedish control of Finland, the country has two official languages: Finnish and Swedish.  This is why Finnish is not a working language of the Nordic Council.  Well, there you have it.  Finnish is the quirky language of the Nordic realm.  I really like the sound of the language and I hope that you, if nothing else, find it as interesting sounding as I do.

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