What are the months in Finnish? See the table below.
Months in Finnish
What is the meaning of finnish months?
As you might know, kuu means month. So in the end of each month you simply put the word kuu.
However, each month has a meaning, which usually comes from history.
January – Tammikuu
Tammi means oak, so Tammikuu literally means “month of oak”. Tammi can also mean core, or center of something. So a logical explanation for tammikuu is the core of the winter. January is usually the coldest and darkest month in Finland.
Tammi can also mean axis, and it can also be called the month of axis (New Year).
February – Helmikuu
Helmi means pearl. A popular meaning for pearls in February is the icy pearls that shine in the sun. In February Finland starts to get over the coldest season, and sun starts to shine a bit again.
March – Maaliskuu
Maa means ground. March in Finland is the month where usually snow starts to melt little by little. You can even see some bare ground in southern parts of the country.
April – Huhtikuu
Huhta can mean cleared woods. In the history of Finland, April was the wood burning month. Wood was buerned to clear space for new fields.
May – Toukokuu
Touko means seed. May is usually the planting time, hence the name toukokuu.
June – Kesäkuu
Kesä means summer. June is the first official summer month in Finland.
July – Heinäkuu
Heinä means hay. July is the first month when hay is cut in Finland and brought in.
August – Elokuu
Elo, or elämä means life. Elo can also be translated to the word crop, and this is first harvest month.
September – Syyskuu
Syys or syksy means fall. This is another logical, seasonal name for a month. In September, fall begins.
October – Lokakuu
Loka means mud. It can start to rain a lot in October, and that creates quite a lot of mud. Although October in Finland can be gray and rainy, usually the fall colors are spectacular.
November – Marraskuu
Marras is an ancient word for death. To be honest, October can be the most dreaful month in Finland, that is why many Finns choose to travel during this month. November is dark and rainy in most parts of Finland, no snow yet.
December – Joulukuu
Joulu means Christmas, which makes this name pretty logical.
See also our article about funny finnish words.