Longest Finnish words

What is the longest word in Finnish?

Finding the longest word in Finnish is a tricky task, since technically there is almost endless amount of variations in Finnish language. Through conjugations we can create words that make sense. Or not. What do you think for example about the word Epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydelläänsäkäänköhän?

Check out the meaning of Epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydelläänsäkäänköhän here.

Why are Finnish words so long?

Like mentioned earlier Finnish can have some scary long words. Finnish people for sure aren’t afraid of long words. You can find even kids casually saying sytytystulppa or the number 1193 as tuhatsatayhdeksänkymmentäkolme. Intimidated already? Bear with me, it’ll get longer.

Think of an example. A simple word for house in Finnish is talo. Not too long yet, so let’s start to conjugate.

Talo – House

Talo-ssa – In the house

Talo-i-ssa – In the houses

Talo-i-ssa-ni – In my houses

Talo-i-ssa-ni-kin – Also in my houses

Talo-i-ssa-ni-kin-ko  – Also in my houses?

 

And trust me, we could go even further. Take a look at the funny picture below, it’s not far from truth!

longest finnish words

What about the shortest words in Finnish?

The shortest word is simply EI or EN, meaning no, or I don’t. And in some dialects you can simply say E. 

So next time someone asks you is are ever going to study any other languages besides Finnish, just answer E.

List of longest words in Finnish language

1. Lentokonesuihkuturbiinimoottoriapumekaanikkoaliupseerioppilas

=”airplane jet turbine engine auxiliary mechanic non-commissioned officer student”

2. Epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydellänsäkäänköhän

= “not even by her lack of organization, do you suppose.”

3. kolmivaihekilowattituntimittari

= three phase kilowatt hour meter

4. peruspalveluliikelaitoskuntayhtymä

=”a public utility of a municipal federation for provision of basic services”

 

And a random bonus word. This is completely made up, but shows the potential of the language. Grammarwise, still word still makes sense

5. kumarreksituteskenteleentuvaisehkollaismaisekkuudellisenneskenteluttelemattomammuuksissansakaankopahan

Wow.

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