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Happy Aleksis Kivi’s Day – Here’s a Piece of Finnish Language for Your Trip to Rovaniemi

October 10, 2018 Anna Ruohonen

Aleksis Kivi (1835­­-1872) was a Finnish author who wrote the first significant novel in Finnish language, Seven Brothers, that was published in 1870. Today we celebrate Aleksis Kivi and Finnish literature in Finland. Aleksis Kivi’s Day is a national flag day.

Finnish is a beautiful language that is rich in terms of dialects. Let’s take word “Minä” (I) as an example. There are multiple variations of Finnish “I”. “Mä”, “Mää”, “Mie”, “Meikä” are all versions of “Minä”. However, our aim is to ease your stay in Rovaniemi and we don’t want to get stuck with 1st person singular.

Thus, we collected a list of special words that we use a lot in Rovaniemi and that can help you during your stay in the capital of Lapland.

Let’s start with the obvious ones:

Hei: Hello!

Moi: Hello!

Hei hei: Goodbye!

Moi moi: Goodbye!

Now we can move to words that are extremely useful in Rovaniemi:

Poro: Reindeer (a typical Lappish animal that lives everywhere in Lapland)

Lumi: Snow (Normally appears first time in October but permanently in November in Rovaniemi)

Kaamos: Polar nights (the time of year when it’s dark around the clock)

Keskiyön aurinko: Midnight sun (in summer, the sun shines around the clock)

Moottorikelkka: A snowmobile (common form of transportation in here)

Metsä: A forest (place to be for many Rovaniemi people)

Kahvi: Coffee (People drink coffee a lot in Finland. A lot)

Sää: Weather (Always a good topic!)

Revontulet: Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis (Don’t need explaning)

Kiitos: Thank you (say as often as possible!)

Joulu: Christmas (You can meet Santa Claus 365 days a year in Santa Claus Village)

Joulupukki: Santa Claus (the guy everybody loves)

 

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