Top-10 best Finnish words

What are the best Finnish words?

This is one of those questions where a definitive answer is hard to find. However, this list has words that define the qualities of Finns or the characteristics of the unique life in Finland.

You might think finnish words are weird. Well think no further since they are!

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Now, enjoy the best (and weird) Finnish words!

List of best and weird Finnish words

1. Sisu.

Sisu is one the most interesting and one of the best Finnish words. It has been said that sisu is the Untranslatable Finnish Word Takes Perseverance To A Whole New Level. Literally it means that a person has grit, bravery, resilience, and hardiness. It means that a person has extraordinary determination in the face of adversity. Finns are known for this quality, and are truly proud of it.

How do you pronounce SISU? Just say see-soo and you’ll go a long way in Finland.


2. Epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydelläänsäkäänköhän. 

As you maybe know already, Finnish language twists and turns in an unbelievable way. This one right here is a good example of the technical possibilities that the language has.

What is the meaning of Epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydelläänsäkäänköhän? Literally meaning not even by her lack of organization, do you suppose.


3. Raparperipiirakka.

This is a delicious word which means rhubarb pie. The reason why it belongs to this list is it’s pronunciation. If you really say the word with meaning, it most likely will sound like the strongest curse word a foreign person can imagine. How can something so sweet and delicious sound so rough? The wonders of finnish language I guess.


4. Sauna.

No explanation needed. The essence of Finland.


5. Äitiyspakkaus. 

Every expecting mum in Finland will receive a maternity box from the government. Free of charge! It’s a cardboard “gift box”, which has a bunch of useful things and necessary supplies in it when you’re welcoming a new baby to your family. You can even make a simple child bed from the box!


6. Revontulet.

The Northern Lights are one of the greatest ..Finland is one of the best places on Earth to spot the Northern Lights – they appear on more than 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland.


7. Lämpimämpi.

Voted the funniest word so it must be part of the best Finnish words list. It simply means more warmer, and uses the comparative suffix ending. If you think about this word, it both sounds soft and has a nice meaning. A positive word indeed!


8. Yötön yö. 

This one is a real tongue twister. Consisting two of the hardest vowels, y and ö, this word means nightless night. Did you know that in the summer in Finland sun doesn’t set? It literally does not go below the horizon in many parts of the country. This time is called yötön yö, nightless night. On these beautiful summer nights the daytime is at its longest and the sun doesn’t go down at all.


9. Lohikäärme.

Lohi means salmon. Käärme means snake. So logically, lohikäärme means dragon, right?

But lohikäärme has actually nothing to do with salmon. This word is originally a loan from old Swedish word floghdrake, which means flying snake. So, Finns took the word but could not pronounce it, so it changed to much easier lohi, salmon. And also, they had their own word for snake, so they used it, käärme.

And thus, we got lohikäärme that sounds like it has something to do with salmon, but it really doesn’t.


10. Kuusi palaa.

This is a two word combination, and can mean all of these. Yes, ALL of these.

So what does kuusi palaa mean?

Kuusi palaa = he spruce is on fire.

Kuusi palaa = the spruce returns.

Kuusi palaa = the number six is on fire.

Kuusi palaa = the number six returns.

Kuusi palaa = six of them are in fire.

Kuusi palaa = six of them return.

Kuusi palaa = your moon is on fire.

Kuusi palaa = your moon returns.

Kuusi palaa = six pieces.


There you have it, the best Finnish words! If you want to learn more funny words, check our lessons and book your own tutoring.

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