The New Dictionary of Modern Finnish

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Cover of the first part.

The New Dictionary of Modern Finnish (Finnish: Kielitoimiston sanakirja) is the most recent dictionary of the modern Finnish language. It is edited by the Research Institute for the Languages of Finland. The current printed edition was first published in 2006, and is based on the 2004 digital version of the same name. Compared to the electronic version, the printed version lacks some features, like asuinpaikkahakemisto – the basic glossary of Finnish toponymy.

The dictionary is unilingually Finnish and attempts to "accurately reflect standard Finnish as it is used today".[1] It explains the meaning of each headword, information about its orthography, inflected forms, stylistic register, typical usage and context.[2]


The dictionary consists of almost 100,000 entries. It was expanded and modernized from Suomen kielen perussanakirja (The Basic Dictionary of the Finnish Language), printed between 1990 and 1994 (and digitalized to CD-Perussanakirja in 1997). Compared to Suomen kielen perussanakirja, the 2006 edition has about 6,500 new entries and about 20,000 modified entries. With Nykysuomen sanakirja, the new dictionaries form a very comprehensive reference work on the modern Finnish language.

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  1. ^ "Painettu Kielitoimiston sanakirja" (in Finnish). Kotimaisten kielten tutkimuskeskus. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Modern Finnish". Kotimaisten kielten tutkimuskeskus. Retrieved 8 February 2009.