Why Is Suomi Called Finland In English?

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This video was so heavily requested I couldn't not make it. Annoyingly there just isn't a definitive answer for this question. It was a really double ended sword making this as so many people wanted it but I just don't think there's enough content for it. Anyway I hope you all enjoyed!
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  • Name Explain

    Name Explain

    3 vuotta sitten

    Random question of the video: Who's going to win the Royal Rumble? I'm think either Undertaker, Braun Stroman, or a returning Finn Balor.

    • Pikku Pelaaja

      Pikku Pelaaja

      7 kuukautta sitten


    • lambdashift aka David Heikkila

      lambdashift aka David Heikkila

      Vuosi sitten

      Why do people pronounce my last name like ka-Key-kala, when it's pronounced Hey-key-la.

    • Forstark


      2 vuotta sitten

      Name Explain ui juma suomi!

    • Jussi Riihi

      Jussi Riihi

      2 vuotta sitten

      Name Explain u shud translate this from Finnish to english Suomi tulee siitä että täällä on paljon suota ja saarta esin Turun saaristo

    • TATZKA


      2 vuotta sitten

      Mitä vittua te höpötätte

  • Tomas Katinas

    Tomas Katinas

    13 päivää sitten

    Fun fact, in Lithuanian the "ja" at the end usually indicates that you're talking about a country or a place. For exampy Vokieti(ja) - Germany, Angli(ja) - England, Australi(ja), as well Suomi(ja) - Finland. This rule doesn't work for all countries tough. For example. We call the USA as Amerkika, Argentina as Argentina or Chile as Cilė :DDDD

  • Joshua Liu

    Joshua Liu

    25 päivää sitten

    just like Holland&Netherlands

  • K. H

    K. H

    Uukausi sitten

    Why u say my country is trash In eu4 its Best SHFU

  • mavihe1


    Uukausi sitten

    The name Suomi comes from the name of the people. A finn in finnish is called suomalainen. It originates from suo maa lainen witch translates to english as person from the swamp land (suo=swamp, maa=land. Lainen is an ending to a place's name and it means you are from there. Like in english ending -nese in japanese.)

    • mavihe1


      Uukausi sitten

      The name Finland comes from swedish "Fin land". It literally means fine land.

  • Benny Silin

    Benny Silin

    2 kuukautta sitten

    It's not like there's fins, shark fins, that many late 50's cars with fins or some shit like that all over here.

  • MagnaYu


    2 kuukautta sitten

    In south slavic languages "fin" means "nice, fine".

  • Vegataryan Recipes

    Vegataryan Recipes

    2 kuukautta sitten

    In the netherlands we call it Finland too... But we speak it differently..

  • マサラタウンのサトシ太郎。


    2 kuukautta sitten


  • Sami Rantanen

    Sami Rantanen

    3 kuukautta sitten

    It's called Suomi because it clearly rhymes with Perkele. Suomi, Perkele!



    4 kuukautta sitten


  • Lps tilli

    Lps tilli

    5 kuukautta sitten

    Mitä erikoista tyypit näkee suomessa?

  • Debbie prince

    Debbie prince

    5 kuukautta sitten

    Suo = swamp in Finnish.
    Fen pretty much means the same thing.

  • GamingWithCarlYT - Gacha Carl PH

    GamingWithCarlYT - Gacha Carl PH

    7 kuukautta sitten

    Finland is not PewDiePie

  • Mozzarella_


    7 kuukautta sitten

    I liv near a Suomi in my state

  • Это Сложно

    Это Сложно

    8 kuukautta sitten

    Stop it! ole hyvä! )

  • Orange Music And Gaming

    Orange Music And Gaming

    9 kuukautta sitten

    What are you talking.. Cant understand your word.. shithole this is

    • Xen0N


      9 kuukautta sitten

      Learn English.

  • Patrick Porco

    Patrick Porco

    9 kuukautta sitten

    Fin people is another word for mer people

  • Öhh


    9 kuukautta sitten

    In Swedish a person from Finland is called a finne and finne happens to mean pimple

  • Justin MZ

    Justin MZ

    11 kuukautta sitten

    KAAPO KAKKO!!!!!!

  • amosa mwig

    amosa mwig

    11 kuukautta sitten

    So basically "I don't know" in 2:39 minutes.


    • Kinda Brian, But not really.

      Kinda Brian, But not really.

      10 kuukautta sitten

      okay, so everyone in the world calls it Finland because that's what the Swedes named it during their rule over the country. The name likely came from the Swedish words "fin" and "land". fin means nice or beautiful, and land just means land or country. If this is correct the Swedes called it Finland because they thought it was a beautiful land, which is supported by old descriptions of Finland from the days under Swedish rule. I have no idea about the Soumi part tho. All I can say is that I'm not surprised that they have a different name for Finland in Finnish and the Baltic languages since those languages aren't Germanic in the slightest. I do believe the explanation in the vid in this case.

  • Holo Holopainen

    Holo Holopainen

    11 kuukautta sitten

    Everybody Else Call Suomi as Finland but - Not The suomalaiset ! Real Finns - that live in The country !

  • Zenix


    Vuosi sitten

    Me sanotaan suomi koska on suomi lol

  • superrowen


    Vuosi sitten

    *nee hoi hoi min ho*


  • welshpete12


    Vuosi sitten

    Could it possibly come from the name of a person or chieftain who lived in that part in the south ?

  • Rama vishnu

    Rama vishnu

    Vuosi sitten

    Please made video on why bharat is called India in English

  • Vladis Hunt

    Vladis Hunt

    Vuosi sitten

    Suomi that's finno-ugric nation. We're finno-ugric tribe came to Europe after end of last ice age, from region between Ural and Altae mountains. I'm estonian also finno-ugric man

  • LukeX


    Vuosi sitten

    Suomi perkele!

  • Finnland


    Vuosi sitten


  • Fasu pala

    Fasu pala

    Vuosi sitten

    Its SUOMI not Finland anymore because SUOMI is better name in english than Finland:)

  • Eemi Mikkilä

    Eemi Mikkilä

    Vuosi sitten

    Cuz we are the finest country.

  • Agdez


    Vuosi sitten

    Suomi mainittu, torilla tavataan

  • depressed potato

    depressed potato

    Vuosi sitten

    Finland = suomalainenmaa ¦[ suomi=suomi ¦]

  • Svaatosh


    Vuosi sitten

    0:07 Where do you see the 'sh' letter? Read it like you see it, if it was written like you pronounced it, it would be 'Finško'. You see 'Finsko' not 'Finško'. S = S, Š = Sh ;)
    Read it like Finsko not Finshko ;)

  • Kaplel


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  • ThatGuy


    Vuosi sitten

    I just watched a 2:39 video, and I don't know any more after watching it than I did before watching it.

  • Suomi on saatana ja Perseestä.

    Suomi on saatana ja Perseestä.

    Vuosi sitten

    Kaikki suomalais miehet on perse

  • fuck Finland

    fuck Finland

    Vuosi sitten


  • Transport News Finland

    Transport News Finland

    Vuosi sitten

    Pretty proud that you pronounced Suomi correctly.

  • M.O.S


    Vuosi sitten

    lot of finland words is describe or instruction of what it mean and some times its shorted so its easy to say.
    And if you cut suomi in small word its (suo = swamp) describe our terrain. -mi is what i have not yet figure out.
    well... this is atleast my theory of my home land name.

  • Xeotroid


    Vuosi sitten

    Well, "suo" means swamp in Finnish, and since there's a lot of these in Finland, it might have the origin in exactly that.

  • Squid 2403

    Squid 2403

    Vuosi sitten

    Finland doesn't exist, you could call it any other name of a fictional place, like Australia...

  • David Lester

    David Lester

    Vuosi sitten

    I love how "Old High German Language" is an old German guy smoking weed. 😂

  • Joonas Akers

    Joonas Akers

    Vuosi sitten

    Suo means marsh in Finnish

  • Autisti


    Vuosi sitten


  • vilma enni

    vilma enni

    Vuosi sitten

    Lentokonesuihkuturbiiniapumekanikkoaliupseerioppilas :-) 🇫🇮

  • ZaDaR


    Vuosi sitten

    Ketkä on suomalaisii jotka tätä kattoo?

  • Kristina Washington

    Kristina Washington

    Vuosi sitten

    Thanks heaps for sharing. 😃

  • Omm


    Vuosi sitten

    Suomi perkele

  • David Whiting

    David Whiting

    Vuosi sitten

    Don't call them anything just ignore them lol 😀

  • Timbuktu 42

    Timbuktu 42

    Vuosi sitten

    "Suo" means Swamp on Finnish so thats possible origin for the name

  • breaker67


    Vuosi sitten

    Why is Finland called Suomi in finnish?

  • Wee snaw

    Wee snaw

    Vuosi sitten

    Ha-Ha jokes on you Finland doesn't exist

  • Eternal Carnage

    Eternal Carnage

    Vuosi sitten

    Talks about Finland, points at sweden

  • wyatt summers

    wyatt summers

    Vuosi sitten


  • Patric Hausammann

    Patric Hausammann

    Vuosi sitten

    Suomi > Suo'mi (i >aa) > Suo'maa (Suo> "sve" > "ves" {u/v > f and s > n} >> "fen" >>> Fin 😉🤣, and "mi" seem to me to stand for "land", I suggest this, because "maa" stands for "land" in Finnish. >> "Fin'land" >>> Finland (Engl.) >>>> Finnland (Ger.) If I had to guess how this happened🤔, I would suggest the following: "maa" > "mee" > "mi"😅
    I believe that the word "Suomi" has several meanings at the same time. I would guess that it actually means blonde, white or bright land (from the Gallic word "fionn"). Probably it has despite of the controversies something to do with the Sami people, because they are white people, living in a white or snowy land, but also in a swampy land. Anotherpoint could be, that "white" can mean "snow", which can be some kind of swampy, and when the snow melts, it gets swampy anyway. Actually the Finnish word "suo" means swamp, marshland or fen in Englisch, and from "fen" to "fin" isn't a big step, isn't it? From my "English" perspective, it seems to me even closer, than from the German one. So I guess "swampland" would fit too, because it closes the circle with the Sami people, because "Sami" means "swamp people" and some of them are living there. Another idea was, as Oskkukkeli mentioned, that it has something to do with a "scale". And if we think further, we can see some paralleles between a "scale", which is the necessary knowledge for mathematical basics and the Old Irish word "Finn" for "wise" ("weise" Ger.) or "knowledgeable" in English, which would fit here perfectly too.

  • Dogi Lolz

    Dogi Lolz

    Vuosi sitten

    Suomi =
    In Finland there is a lot of swamps

  • Nasser Nusair

    Nasser Nusair

    Vuosi sitten


  • Chewy Cooking

    Chewy Cooking

    Vuosi sitten

    I call it smash bros

  • Samo_jpg


    Vuosi sitten

    More like finna nut

  • Sukka Last name

    Sukka Last name

    Vuosi sitten

    Voi kakka
    Miksi suomi on haukutu...ihs

  • Elli Ontero

    Elli Ontero

    Vuosi sitten


  • Muhsein Kamarudin

    Muhsein Kamarudin

    Vuosi sitten

    Suomi in Malay language means 'Husband'

  • Tyynymyy


    Vuosi sitten

    "Suomi" most likely comes from word "sheme" meaning land. Saami (Sami people), häme (area in Finland) and zemlja (a land in Russian) share the same origins. There are many alternative theories, however, and it is impossible to know for certain. That's just the most popular and least controversial explanation between scholars.

    • Tyynymyy


      Vuosi sitten

      The other explanation is of course "zeme" which was mentioned in the video.

  • So mixed A Identity crisis

    So mixed A Identity crisis

    Vuosi sitten

    The island you called one of swedens islands is actually half finland and sweden.

  • mnd


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  • Larz Gustafsson

    Larz Gustafsson

    Vuosi sitten

    The Same people also live in Sweden and Norway and some in Russia.

  • Larz Gustafsson

    Larz Gustafsson

    Vuosi sitten

    Germany in Finnish is called Saaksa.

  • Larz Gustafsson

    Larz Gustafsson

    Vuosi sitten

    Finland has a Swedish speaking minority. Most of them live on the west coast, like Vasa, Åbo, Pargas, etc.
    The President is bilingual.

  • Larz Gustafsson

    Larz Gustafsson

    Vuosi sitten

    Sweden is called "Ruotsi" in Finnish.
    Greetings from Sweden.

  • 0Nenni0


    Vuosi sitten

    Minä olen suomesta=i'm from finland

  • Napoleon Bonaparte

    Napoleon Bonaparte

    Vuosi sitten

    *Brain explodes*

  • Larz Gustafsson

    Larz Gustafsson

    Vuosi sitten

    It's called Finland in Swedish.
    Finland has two official languages, since a minority of the population is of Swedish origin. They have a funny accent and they use a lot of ancient words, but they still speak Swedish. The population of Åland is Swedish speaking too. But they speak with a different accent.

  • Selena Art

    Selena Art

    Vuosi sitten

    Fin: End
    Land: Tierra

  • Urho Törmä

    Urho Törmä

    Vuosi sitten

    Hey! Name Explain, name Suomi can start with suo And suo means swanp

  • Pepsu 07

    Pepsu 07

    Vuosi sitten

    Um moi XD. Im from Finland

  • Greece • 2 thousand years ago

    Greece • 2 thousand years ago

    Vuosi sitten

    0:10 and Finlanthía in Greek ;)

  • ignatios mpounatsos

    ignatios mpounatsos

    Vuosi sitten

    Wtf finland doesn't even exist

  • Finn


    Vuosi sitten

    My name is Finn

  • Velho Snellman

    Velho Snellman

    Vuosi sitten

    Perkele! Tuon kaljat ja makkarat

    • san-teri


      Vuosi sitten

      Velho Snellman Mä lämmitän saunan