The Institute for the Languages of Finland is the largest Nordic lexicographical research centre that compiles both normative and descriptive dictionaries.

Dictionary of Old Literary Finnish

The Dictionary of Old Literary Finnish explains the meaning and use of all words used in Finnish literature from the 1540s to 1810. Today, the dictionary is published online.

The corpus comprises 1,500 works of literature, including all of Mikael Agricola’s works, the first Finnish Bible (1642) and all translations into Finnish of legal codes from the 16th to 18th centuries. The Dictionary illustrates the etymology of words and development of sentence structures in Finnish.

The entries (estimated at more than 80,000) comprise all words present in the literature written in Finnish during Swedish rule.