Learn Finnish

Finnish is one of the Finno-Ugrian languages(Link to another website.). This group also includes for instance Hungarian and Estonian in addition to several smaller languages. Some consider Finnish a hard language to learn, but the beauty of the language makes it worthwhile. The frequency of vowels used in Finnish gives it a very pleasant sound.

Finnish has regional dialects and different social variants (jargons, slang, etc.). Colloquial Finnish often differs markedly from the standard language. Therefore, the sentences you might learn in class differ from the ones people use in everyday life, though the meaning is the same.

Online Finnish Language Resources

InfoFinland keeps the most updated version of available online Finnish courses. Check it out here(Link to another website.)

Finnish Language Schools in the USA


Finnish Language School of Silicon Valley
Address: P.O. BOX 4032, Los Altos, CA 94024
Email: [email protected]

The Scandinavian School of San Francisco Bay
Address:  20 Woodside Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Finnish School of Los Angeles

Santa Monica
Address: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Parish Hall), 958 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Orange County
Address: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 600 St. Andrews Road, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Finnish School of San Diego
Address: 16889 Espola Rd, Poway, CA 92064
Email: [email protected]


District of Columbia

Finnish School of Washington
Address: 6201 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205
Email: [email protected]


Finnish Language School of Atlanta
Address: St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 571 Holt Road, Marietta, GA 30068
Email: [email protected]


Finnish School of Chicago
Address: 14700 Estonian Ln, Riverwoods, IL 60015
Email: [email protected]


Finnish School of New England
Email: https://sites.google.com/site/bostonsuomikoulu/ryhmat


Finnish School of Minneapolis
Address: 3244 34th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Email: [email protected]

New York

Finnish School of New York
Address: 83 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014
Email: [email protected]

Flinguu - Learn Finnish online
Email: [email protected]


Finnish School of Portland
Email: [email protected]


Finnish Language School of North Texas
Address: 6000 Connection Drive, Irving, TX 75039
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.suomi-koulu.com/yhteystiedot/ohjaajat/


Finnish School of Seattle
Address:  Living Hope Lutheran Church, 7305 208th Avenue NE, Redmond, WA 98053
Email: [email protected]

Finnish language programs in American universities

Berkeley, CA
University of California, Berkeley, Finnish Studies Program
Address: 6303 Dwinelle Hall, #2690, Berkeley, CA 94720-2690
Tel. +1-510-643 2931
Prof. John Lindow (lindow(at)berkeley.edu)
Virve Kahri (virve(at)berkeley.edu)
Website: http://ies.berkeley.edu/fsp/

Bloomington, IN 
Indiana University, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Address: Goodbody Hall 157, Bloomington, IN 47405
Tel. +1-812-855 4862
Prof. Toivo Raun (raunt(at)indiana.edu)
Website: http://www.indiana.edu/~ceus/index.shtml

Eugene, OR
University of Oregon, Department of German and Scandinavian
Address: 1250 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1250
Tel. +1-541-346 4051
Prof. Susan Anderson (susana(at)uoregon.edu)
Elina Hietaranta (elina(at)uoregon.edu)
Website: http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~gerscan/

Hancock, MI 
Finlandia University, Finnish Studies
Address, 601 Quincy Street, Hancock, MI 49930 1882
Tel. +1-906-487 7273
Anna Leppänen (anna.leppanen(at)finlandia.edu)
Kaisa Randolph (kaisa.randolph(at)finlandia.edu)
Website: http://www.finlandia.edu/

Madison, WI 
University of Wisconsin, Department of Scandinavian Studies
Address: 1306 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Tel. +1-608-262 2090 or 262 2220
Prof. Thomas A. DuBois (tadubois(at)wisc.edu)
Website: http://scandinavian.wisc.edu/

Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch
Address: 205 Folwell Hall, 9 Pleasant Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455-0124
Tel. +1-612-626-1651
Daniel Karvonen (karvo001(at)umn.edu)
Website: http://www.gsd.umn.edu

New York, N.Y. 
Columbia University, Department of Germanic Languages, Program in Finnish
Address: 319 Hamilton Hall MC 2812, New York, NY 10027
Tel. +1-212-854 7859
Lasse Suominen (ls2756(at)columbia.edu)
Website: http://www.columbia.edu/

Portland, OR 
Portland State University, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Address: 393 Neuberger Hall, Portland, OR 97207-0751
Tel. +1-503-725 3522
Marjo Northup (northupm(at)yahoo.com)
Website: http://www.fll.pdx.edu/

Provo, UT
Brigham Young University
Address: 105 HCEB, Provo, UT 84602
Tel. +1-801-378 6282
Wade Hollingshaus (wadeh(at)byu.edu)
Aino Larsen
Website: http://www.byu.edu/

Seattle, WA
University of Washington, Scandinavian Department
Address: Box 353420, Seattle, WA 98195-3420
Tel. +1-206-543 0645
Prof. Andrew Nestingen (akn(at)u.washington.edu)
Website: http://depts.washington.edu/finnish/