The Finnish language loves random idioms. The real beauty of the language is that many of the words are untranslatable into other languages, making them truly unique to the Finnish culture. Here are 9 examples of Finnish expressions with multiple meanings that the English dictionary is sorely missing.
1. No niin
Finnish comedian Ismo Leikola nailed it when he introduced the most useful Finnish word to the world. This word, or expression, sums up humorously the dynamics of the Finnish language and culture where less is more in communication. The word “no niin” itself doesn’t really mean anything, but can be used to express anything from “alright”, “I’ve screwed up”, to “calm down, no need to panic”.