Do you like to warm yourself in the sauna, but you can’t speak Finnish yet? Would you like to have a heart-to-heart with Joulupukki? Are you not sure, if laivas (“ship”) is a Finnish or a Lithuanian word?
Finnish, unlike other Scandinavian languages, doesn’t belong to the Germanic language group, but is instead a Finno-Ugric language. Therefore, while Danes, Swedes, and Norwegians can understand each other by speaking their own language, Finns can only communicate with Estonians. More vowels than consonants are used when speaking Finnish, which makes the language sound peculiar. Finnish has no grammatical gender, but has as many as 15 cases, thus learning Finnish will be interesting indeed!