Finnish, Kven, Kvennish, suomi, kveenin kieli, kainun kieli


  • Language: Finnish, Kven, Kvennish, suomi, kveenin kieli, kainun kieli
  • Alternate names: Kven, North Finnish
  • Language code: fkv
  • Language family: Uralic, Finnic, Coastal Finnic, Neva, North Finnic, Nuclear Finnish
  • Number of speakers: 5000
  • Vulnerability: Endangered [Read more...]
  • Script: Latin script

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    The Kven language is spoken mostly by the Kven population in Northern Norway. From a linguistic point of view the Kven language is a mutually intelligible dialect of Finnish, but for political and historical reasons it received in 2005 status of a legal minority language in Norway, within the framework of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

    The Verb

    Sample verb: saađa 'to get'

    Present Past
    Sg.1 saan sain saisin -
    Sg.2 saat sait saisit saa
    Sg.3 saapi sai sais saakhoon
    Pl.1 saama saima saisima saama
    Pl.2 saatta saitta saisitta saakkaa
    Pl.3 saađhään saathiin saatais saakhoot
    Passive saađhään saathiin saatais saatakhoot