Names of places in Finland in Finnish and in Swedish

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Two names for the same city on a Finnish road sign.

Finland has two official languages, Finnish and Swedish. Many places in the country have different names in Finnish and Swedish, both being official endonyms.

Regions[edit]

English name
(often the same
as the Finnish
name)
Finnish name Swedish name
Central Finland Keski-Suomi Mellersta Finland
Central Ostrobothnia Keski-Pohjanmaa Mellersta Österbotten
Kainuu Kainuu Kajanaland
Kymenlaakso Kymenlaakso Kymmenedalen
Lapland Lappi Lappland
North Karelia Pohjois-Karjala Norra Karelen
Northern Ostrobothnia Pohjois-Pohjanmaa Norra Österbotten
Northern Savonia Pohjois-Savo Norra Savolax
Ostrobothnia Pohjanmaa Österbotten
Paijanne Tavastia Päijät-Häme Päijänne Tavastland
Pirkanmaa Pirkanmaa Birkaland
Satakunta Satakunta Satakunda
South Karelia Etelä-Karjala Södra Karelen
Southern Ostrobothnia Etelä-Pohjanmaa Södra Österbotten
Southern Savonia Etelä-Savo Södra Savolax
Southwest Finland Varsinais-Suomi Egentliga Finland
Tavastia Proper Kanta-Häme Egentliga Tavastland
Uusimaa Uusimaa Nyland
Åland Islands Ahvenanmaa Åland

Municipalities[edit]

Some Finnish municipalities with endonyms in both Finnish and Swedish, the majority language of the municipality stands first:

Districts in cities and towns[edit]

Helsinki[edit]

See also[edit]