Language Scientific provides high quality Finnish translation services, supplying technical, medical and scientific translation, localization and interpreting into and out of Finnish. We are a US-based language services company serving over 1,500 global corporations. Our specialization, focus, industry-leading quality management standards and customer-centered attitude have earned us the trust of many of the world’s best technology, engineering, bio-medical and pharmaceutical companies.

Language Scientific has two divisions—Technical and Engineering Localization and Translation Services Division and Medical and Pharmaceutical Localization and Translation Services Division. Both groups provide a full range of Finnish language services including:

We offer a unique depth of subject-matter expertise via our Advanced Scientific Knowledge network (ASKnetwork™) and globalization know-how for companies in the Aerospace & Defense, Chemical, Clinical Research, Energy, Healthcare, Industrial Manufacturing, Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Technology and related industries. Our ASKnetwork™ of over 6,000 specialists comprises multilingual engineers, doctors and scientists working in over 75 countries on 5 continents.

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At Language Scientific, we are driven by the mission to set the new Standard of Quality for technical translation and localization. It is this mission that drives our success and sets us apart as a company. When you need precise global communication, Language Scientific is the clear choice.

Finnish Language Statistics/Facts:

Both Finland and the European Union classify Finnish as an official language. Finnish also holds a minority language status in Sweden and the Republic of Karelia. There are approximately 5 million native speakers of Finnish worldwide with the highest concentration of communities living in Finland. There are also small communities of Finnish diaspora worldwide yet Finnish is not popularly spoken outside of Scandinavia.

Finnish Dialects:

Savonian, Kainuu, Päijänne Tavastia, and Ingria
Savo, South Karelia, and other eastern regions
Tavastian, Botnian, Peräpohjola, Pori, Somero, Uusimaa
Satakunta, Ostrobothnia, Lapland, western regions and small communities in Russia
MeänkieliSwedish communities
KvenNorthern Norway

There are 19 Regions in Finland:

  • Lapland
  • Southern Savonia
  • Central Finland
  • Tavastia Proper
  • Northern Ostrobothnia
  • Southern Ostrobothnia
  • Satakunta
  • Uusimaa
  • Kainuu
  • Central Ostrobothnia
  • Finland Proper
  • Kymenlaakso
  • North Karelia
  • Ostrobothnia
  • South Karelia
  • Åland Islands
  • Northern Savonia
  • Pirkanmaa
  • Päijänne Tavastia

Since January 1st, 2010, provinces technically do not exist anymore and are viewed historically, even though they existed in 2009.

Countries where Finnish is spoken:

  • Canada
  • Finland
  • Russian Federation
  • United States
  • Estonia
  • Norway
  • Sweden

Finnish Data:

Country: Finland

Capital: Helsinki
Population: 5,518,371
Parliamentary Republic: President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Juha Sipilä
Currency: Euro (replaced the Finnish Markka in 2002)
GDP (ppp): $42,200
Unemployment: 8.8%
Government Type: Parliamentary Republic
Industries: Wood, paper, metal, engineering, telecommunications, and electronics

Finnish Language History

Between the 12th and 19th centuries, the land of modern day Finland was a part of Sweden. During this period of which Swedish kings ruled over Finland, Swedish was spoken by the elite classes and while Finnish was popular among the lower classes. After the Finnish territory separated from Swedish rule in the early 19th century, Finland then became an autonomous region under the Russian State. From 1809-1917, Finnish territory was referred to as the Grand Duchy of Finland under the Russian Empire. In 1917, Finland declared its independence from Russia and gained recognition as a sovereign nation.

There is historical controversy about the influence of the Swedish language in Finland known as the language strife. Throughout the Middle Ages, both Swedish and Finnish had been spoken in modern day Finland. When Finland began to move towards its independence and away from Sweden, Swedish nationals showed great opposition. A shift occurred during the middle of the 19th century as some members of the Swedish elite classes, the Fennomans, began to speak and thus begin to support Finnish over Swedish. The Fennomans were met with resistance by the other members of the upper class, the Svecomans, who disagreed and wanted Swedish to remain the language of choice in Finland. As a result of the Swedish language emphasis in Finnish culture, Finland experienced a class struggle. Finnish became an official language in 1863 along with Swedish and continued to be the language spoken by the majority of Finns.

There are currently two forms of Finnish that are used today, Standard Finnish and Spoken Finnish. Standard Finnish (yleiskieli) is used in official settings by the government and during formal events. While Spoken or Colloquial Finnish (puhekieli) is commonly found in many communities including the capital of Helsinki. Some of the southern and eastern dialects of Finnish have been influenced by Estonian, the country that is across the Gulf of Finland. Both Finnish and Swedish have official status in Finland, with Swedish only being spoken by a small percentage of natives. For the duration of Finnish language development, Finnish has borrowed many words from the lexicons of many Indo-European languages.

Helsinki is the capital and the most populated city in Finland. Helsinki lies on the Gulf of Finland and is home to the nations governmental agencies as well as many foreign companies. During the 16th century under the Swedish rule, Helsinki began to experience development but reached a period of tremendous growth under the Russian Empire. Helsinki is unique as a metropolitan area due to its geographic layout which is comprised of several islands and bays. In the past few decades Finland, along with the other Nordic Countries, have been known for their economic prosperity and tolerant views.