Finnish for foreigners – Long curriculum

Compound words are common in Finnish language. Compound words can also make the language seemingly long. Although in Finnish there is theoretically no limit to the number of words in compound words, more than three components are rare. But you can easily find – and create – those.

(Heikki Aittokoski’s Facebook update and comments gave me the idea to this blog post. Thanks.)

So let’s start to learn some Finnish with important compound word examples.

Three words

  • Hätäuloskäytävä – Emergency exit

Emergency exit (Image source: Wikipedia)


Four words

Hand towel roll system (Photo: Heikki Aittokoski)

Five words


Photo: K-kauppa

Package of crispbread (Image source: K-kauppa)


Six words

  • Nelivärioffsetrotaatiopainokone – Four-color offset rotary printing machine
  • Kolmivaihekilowattituntimittari – Three phase alternating current kilowatt hour meter (Every house has one.)
Three Phase Electricity Meter (Image source: Wikipedia)

Three Phase Electricity Meter (Image source: Wikipedia)

Seven words

Jet engine mechanics in US Army (Source: Wikipedia)

Jet engine mechanics in US Army (Image source: Wikipedia)

Nine words

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Most consecutive vowels

  • Hääyöaie – Wedding night intention (Oh yes, there must be those …)

Something more odd

A bar named according to Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä (closed now) (Source: Wikipedia)

A bar (now closed) named according to Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä (Image source: Wikipedia)

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A good, more analytical post about compound words in Finnish languane is here.

About Olli Laasanen

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2 Responses to Finnish for foreigners – Long curriculum

  1. Fabio says:

    Great job, Olli! Thank you!

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