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 Why Study Finnish?

Finnish is the language spoken by the majority of the population in Finland and by ethnic Finns outside Finland. It is one of the two official languages of Finland and an official minority language in Sweden. In Sweden, both standard Finnish and Meänkieli, a Finnish dialect, are spoken. The Kven language, a dialect of Finnish, is also spoken in Northern Norway.

Finnish is a member of the Finnic group of the Uralic family of languages. The Finnic group also includes Estonian and other minority languages spoken around the Baltic Sea.

Several theories exist as to the geographic origin of Finnish and the other Uralic languages. The most widely held view is that they originated as a Proto-Uralic language somewhere in the boreal forest belt around the Ural Mountains region and/or the bend of the middle Volga. The strong case for Proto-Uralic is supported by common vocabulary with regularities in sound correspondences, as well as by the fact that the Uralic languages have many similarities in structure and grammar.

Finnish at IU

If you, too, want to wield supernatural abilities and unlock the mysteries of the denizens of the Arctic Circle, Indiana University's Finnish studies program is the place for you! Indiana University is one of the few places in the US where you can study Finnish language and culture. We offer language classes at three different levels, culture and literature classes, and a lot of extra-curricular programs as well.

If you want to be able to communicate with the citizens of the country that Newsweek declared the “best country in the world” in 2010, the country where a president’s re-election was aided by her physical resemblance to Conan O’Brien, a country where the coat of arms is a lion stabbing itself in the head, sign up for Finnish courses at Indiana University!

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Common Phrases:

Moi, mitä kuuluu? - Hi, how are you?

Suomen opiskeleminen on hauskaa! - Studying Finnish is fun!