Orthography

There are two things to remember when writing Finnish: initial letters and compound words.

Initial letter

Capital initial letter is used in:

Unlike in many other languages, these words are spelled with a small initial letter:

Together or separately?

There are lots of compound words in Finnish. Quite often you have two words in English, while only one in Finnish. That makes the words often very long and difficult to read, especially, when the long words have endings.

The basic rule: coherent consepts are a single word.

Always write as a one word:

Some words are never separated:

Words ending -inen are written together

Always write these as 2 words

Some words are always writen separately:


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