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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 it can complement studies in other fields. 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 learn about Finnish and Swedish-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 bonus when pursuing a career in Sweden or internationally. Adding Finnish gives you an advantage whatever your work.

Our courses are also well suited for further education within a range of fields.

Courses and programmes


You can either choose to study freestanding courses or complete a study programme to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Finnish. In order to obtain a Master’s Degree in Finnish you can choose from the study programmes listed above.


Studies at the Section for Finnish are conducted within the fields of Finnish language, literature, and pedagogy. Linguistic studies include research on multilingualism, sociolinguistics (the social aspects of language use) and historical linguistics. Research has focused on Swedish-Finnish relations and on Finnish as a minority in Sweden and surrounding counties.

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.