Jään valo. Kuva: Vesa Heikkinen, Kotus.

Web store

The web store sells the Institute’s publications as well as online courses and personalised first-name posters.



Examples of our website contents

Languages of Finland

More than 150 different first languages are spoken in Finland. The official languages (national languages) of Finland are Finnish and Swedish.

EU Finnish
EU finnish is a language variant produced when EU documents are translated into Finnish by EU bodies.
The Story of a Place Name

The exhibition on place names in Finland. Paikannimen tarina (The Story of a Place Name) was exhibited in the metropolitan area Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa in the autumn 2010.

Toponymic guidelines

Guidelines for map editors and other editors – Finland.

Names of countries in seven languages

Each name is presented in Finnish, Swedish, North Saami, English, French, German and Russian.

Álgu: The Etymological database of the Saami languages

The database is available through English and German interfaces.

Links to electronic corpora and other material

We have compiled here a list of the Institute’s corpora and material available online free of charge.


The Institute for the Languages of Finland

The Institute for the Languages of Finland (Kotimaisten kielten keskus or Kotus) is a national expert institute specialised in languages. Our tasks include the planning of Finnish and Swedish and the coordination of the work of the Saami, Romani, and Sign Language Boards.


The Institute for the Languages of Finland carries out language and name planning, compiles dictionaries, and conducts different research projects supporting these operations. We also maintain various linguistic corpora and archives.


Contact information


Tel +358 295 333 200
Fax +358 295 333 219

Kotimaisten kielten keskus
(The Institute for the Languages of Finland)
Hakaniemenranta 6
FI-00530 Helsinki
FINLAND