Finnish voice-over production made simple
As an established Finnish voice-over agency, Matinée has been providing a professional Finnish Voice-Over Service and Finnish Subtitling Service for over 25 years. We offer a selection of the very best Finnish voice talent, at a price you can afford.
Whether you are looking for Finnish voice-over artists for documentary, advertising, eLearning, or telephone messaging, we’ll supply the best Finnish voice talent for the job. We’ll time-sync the selected Finnish voice-over to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice. Or, we can lay back the Finnish audio onto your video and re-work the captions where necessary.
Check out our FAQs for more information and costs. To check the availability of our Finnish voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us today using the quick Quote form opposite. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44(0)118 958 4934.
Voice-over selection and quotation in just three easy steps
1. browse the voice-over demos below and click PLAY to audition each casting sample
2. choose the voice(s) you like and click ADD to your Quick Quote, or DOWNLOAD a copy
3. complete the Quick Quote and we’ll check availability and costs, with a response in just 1 hour
A short history of the Finnish Voiceover language
Finnish, also known as Suomi, is a member of the Finno-Ugric branch of the Uralic language family. It is most closely related to Estonian, Hungarian, Sámi (spoken by the indigenous people of northern Finland, Sweden, Norway and northwest Russia) and various other languages spoken around the Baltic Sea.
It is believed that the Finnish people and their language originally came from the Ural Mountains in western Russia, from where they migrated to present-day Finland.
In the 12th and 13th centuries Sweden colonised Finland and made it into a Swedish province. Although Finland remained fairly autonomous, Swedish was used in Finnish government, literature and education right up until the 19th century. The country separated from Sweden in 1809, and Finnish gradually gained dominance, becoming the official language of Finland in 1863.
Today there are several Finnish dialects, which are divided into two groups – the Western dialects and the Eastern dialects. They differ in very minor ways and are almost entirely mutually intelligible. Read more
Which countries have Finnish as a national language for voice-over?
Finnish is one of two official languages of Finland, along with Swedish, and is also recognised as an official minority language in Sweden. It is an official language of the European Union.
How many people speak Finnish as their first language?
Approximately five million people speak Finnish as their first language, most of whom live in Finland (where around 90% of the population are native Finnish speakers).
Other first languages spoken in Finland include Swedish (around 5% of the population) and Sami. There are sizeable Finnish-speaking communities in Sweden, Norway, Russia, Estonia, Brazil, Canada and the United States.
Did you know…
- Although Finnish is not an Indo-European language, Finns are more genetically similar to their Indo-European-speaking neighbours than their Uralic-speaking ones (eg the indigenous Sami). This could be due to the absorption of Indo-European speakers migrating north into the country.
- In 1835 national feeling was given a huge boost by the publication of the Kalevala, an epic poem based on Finnish folklore and written in Finnish by Elias Lönnrot.
- Finnish contains many Germanic loanwords, despite not being an Indo-European language. This suggests that there would have been significant trade between Germanic people and ancient Finns.
- Finnish is written with the Swedish version of the Latin alphabet. This includes the distinct characters Ä and Ö, and several characters (b, c, f, q, w, x, z and å) used for words of non-Finnish origin.
The Finnish economy
Finland has mixed economy, with a similar per capita output to that of Sweden. International trade – 60% of which is within the European Union – accounts for one third of its GDP.
Finland is known for its high-tech electronics manufacturing industry, particularly exports such as mobile phones, but services form the largest sector of the economy (65%).
Finland joined the European Union in 1995, and is the only Nordic country to have joined the eurozone.