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Finnish (Suomi)

Finnish (Suomi or Suomen Kieli) is the language spoken by the majority of the population in Finland (92% as of 2006) and by ethnic Finns outside of Finland. It is one of the official languages of Finland and an official minority language in Sweden. In Sweden, both standard Finnish and Mešnkieli, a Finnish dialect, are spoken. The Kven language, which is closely related to Finnish, is an official minority language in Norway.

Finnish is the eponymous member of the Finno-Ugric language family and is typologically between fusional and agglutinative languages. It modifies and inflects the forms of nouns, adjectives, pronouns, numerals and verbs, depending on their roles in the sentence.

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On Finnish is in a good state of readiness. The plural forms of terms are extremely complicated, so I am afraid these are incomplete. However, there is a dictionary of over 2,000 food terms available here.

Finnish on

To find foods and foods and food-related items in in Finnish you may search by any of the following terms:
Finland Finnish Finlandais Kieli Nordic Suomeksi Suomen Suomi

These terms associated with languages are hidden behind the scenes as there is some crossover with other languages. The traveller in Finland may not be precisely certain which language is in use, and can search using more general terms such as 'Nordic''.

You may use any of the above terms in any search you make using 'Translate from English' so that if you wish to search for a translation of asafoetida, choose whichever of these language terms that you think is most appropriate, say:
'Finnish asafetida' and then click on 'Translate from English'

Also included in the glossary are dishes from the cuisine of the region, cookery terms, cooking methods, drinks, food festivals, days of the week, months of the year etc.

See: Finnish Food and Cuisine

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