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Finnish as a foreign language

If you have heard somebody saying that Finnish is a difficult language, forget it. Finnish is not difficult – it is a logical language with almost no exceptions. Certainly it is different: the unfamiliar vocabulary of Finnish makes is sound really different from many other languages (indo-european languages) that we know. But once you get to know the basics of Finnish and start to use it in everyday situations, you realize that it just gets easier and easier.

While studying at Hanken, you have a great opportunity to learn the basics of the Finnish language: we offer two courses at the elementary level and a so called tandem-course (each one teach one).

In 2017–2018 we offer the following courses in Helsinki:

Elementary Finnish 1A (5712) (fall term, period 1, teacher Johanna Tanner)
Elementary Finnish 1B (5713) (fall term, period 2, teacher Johanna Tanner)
Each one teach one (5711) (continuous, teacher Mervi Vuolama-Ristola)

Elementary Finnish courses are both worth 3 ECTS (together 6 ECTS). Besides or instead you can also take the course Each One Teach One (2 ECTS). In Each One Teach One you learn Finnish from another student while teaching him/her your own language.
The emphasis on the courses is on oral skills: you learn to use Finnish in everyday communicative situations. You will have an understanding not only of the basic Finnish structures but also of the Finnish way of life. More detailed course descriptions can be found in Weboodi.

If you are willing to continue your Finnish studies after the elementary courses, Hanken offers the possibility to study more at Aalto University.

Finnish courses in Aalto University, at Töölö campus

Fall 2017

Suomi 3 (for students who have studied Finnish about 1 year)

Suomi 3A 12.9.-19.10.2017 (room A-307), Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.15.-11.45
Suomi 3B 31.10-29.11.2017 (room A-308), Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.15.-11.45

Teacher: Aija Elg (

Spring 2018

Suomi 2 (for students who have studied Finnish about 6 months):

Suomi 2A 3.1.-12.2.2018. (room A-307), Mondays and Wednesdays at 12.15-13.45.
Suomi 2B (room A-308), Mondays and Wednesdays at 12.15-13.45.

The contact person for Finnish courses: Jepa Piirainen (
All the courses will be arranged at the School of Business of Aalto University, in Runeberginkatu 14–16

To subscribe to the course fill in the application form and send it to Aija Elg and Jepa Piirainen in Aalto University.


Dahlin, Johanna (Vaasa)Hourly-paid teacher336+358(0)503507217
Del Gaudio, AnnaLecturerA508+358(0)403521260
Nilsson-Väre, Marit (Vaasa)Senior Lecturer, Head of Subject A508+358(0)503715515
Åkers, Ann-MarieHourly-paid teacher