About the subject

Stockholm University’s Section for Finnish offers courses both for speakers of Finnish as well as beginners. You can study Finnish as a main subject that leads to a degree or you can complement studies in other fields as well. Finnish can even be included as a subject in a study programme or teacher education.

Finnish is a part of everyday life in Sweden as a national minority language and as a neighbouring language. Knowledge of Finnish is in great demand on the labour market. Finnish has, thanks to its status as one of the five national minority languages in Sweden, received more attention in municipalities and other organisations. Finland is one of Sweden’s biggest trading partners and a good knowledge in Finnish is in high demand in the fields of industry and commerce.

You can study Finnish at Stockholm University as a foreign language or as a student with prior knowledge of the language. As a beginner you will encounter a linguistically interesting language. You will learn the basics of both oral and written Finnish. If you are already fluent in the language you will learn more about the different varieties of oral and written language. You will also delve into Finnish literature and find out about the Finnish society and the Finnish and Sweden Finnish culture.

Career opportunities

Many students choose to study Finnish to become teachers, translators or interpreters. Others study the language as a complement to studies in other fields such as journalism, political science or economics. Knowledge of Finnish is a merit when pursuing a career in Sweden or internationally. To add some Finnish in the mixture gives you an advantage whatever you wish to work with. Our courses are also well suited for further education within a range of fields.

Courses and programmes


For a bachelor’s degree in Finnish you can choose to study individual courses or join the bachelor program listed under Educations within the subject.

The bachelor’s degree in Finnish is only offered in Swedish. Learn more about Swedish language qualification.

A master’s degree in Finnish can only be obtained through enrolment in one of the programmes listed under Educations within the subject.

More informations about degrees at Stockholm University


At the Section for Finnish is conducted within the fields of Finnish language and literature and didactics. The linguistic studies include research on multilingualism, sociolinguistics (the social aspects of language use) and historical linguistics. The Sweden Finnish minority and the national minorities in Sweden and the neighbouring countries has long been an area of expertise. The researchers at the Section for Finnish are members of several international networks and cooperate with many universities and other organisations in the Nordic countries, Europe and North America.