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The Translation Database maintained by FILI contains information on translations of Finnish literature published since 1839. Use the database to search for translations by author, language or year of publication.

The database is updated regularly, but it does have some gaps. We are always happy to receive details of translations that are missing from the database.

Last updated: 08/2021. Source: FILI


What are the top languages for translations of Finnish literature?

Last updated: 06/2021. Source: FILI Translation Database.

20142015201620172018201920202021
German109English36English30Estonian46Estonian35Russian34Estonian35Estonian24
Estonian27Estonian28Estonian29German41German31German29German22French13
English24French27Danish28Russian28Russian26Estonian25Czech21German12
Chinese20German26French28English27French23English23Swedish19Polish11
Danish20Danish25German26French22Czech20French23Polish18Swedish6
Hungarian18Russian18Czech18Hungarian20English18Czech19Russian17Danish6
Russian18Swedish18Chinese17Chinese18Italian15Spanish17Spanish15Russian6
French17Spanish16Hungarian17Danish18Swedish15Latvian14Englanti12Italian5
Spanish17Czech16Bulgarian13Swedish17Danish15Hungarian12Ranska,
Italian,
Norwegian,
Danish
11English, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Hungarian3
Italian, Czech15Hungarian15Russian13Latvian16Polish13Danish12

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Most widely translated works

These refer to translations that have been published abroad, not to rights sold.
Last updated: 06/2021. Source: FILI

Fiction / adults

AuthorTitleLanguages
(Total number of
languages into which
each author’s all works
have been translated)
1. Lönnrot, EliasKalevala56
2. Waltari, MikaSinuhe egyptiläinen40 (42)
3. Oksanen, SofiPuhdistus39 (40)
4. Kivi, AleksisSeitsemän veljestä35 (36)
5. Jansson, ToveSommarboken30 (48)
6. Paasilinna, ArtoJäniksen vuosi30 (35)
7. Paasilinna, ArtoUlvova mylläri26 (35)
8. Sillanpää, Frans EmilNuorena nukkunut25 (35)
9. Waltari, MikaValtakunnan salaisuus24 (42)
10. Linna, VäinöTuntematon sotilas24 (29)

Non-fiction / adults

AuthorTitleLanguages
(Total number of
languages into which
each author’s all works
have been translated)
1. Taipale, Ilkka (ed.)100 sosiaalista innovaatiota Suomesta 331
2. Pantzar, KatjaFinding Sisu15 (15)
3. Martela, FrankA Wonderful Life14 (14)
4. Meinander, HenrikFinlands historia12 (12)
5. Hotakainen, KariTuntematon Kimi Räikkönen11 (27)
6. Rantanen, MiskaKalsarikänni 11 (11)
7. Kankimäki, MiaNaiset joita ajattelen öisin10 (13)
8. Mills, MollaVirkkuri10 (10)
8. Karjalainen, TuulaTove Jansson: tee työtä ja rakasta10 (10)
10. Turunen, Ari Ettekö te tiedä, kuka minä olen?9 (9)

1 43 languages altogether, 10 translation have been published in Finland.

Books for children and young readers

AuthorTitleLanguages
(Total number of
languages into which
each author’s all works
have been translated)
1. Simukka, SallaPunainen kuin veri37 (48)
2. Jansson, ToveTrollkarlens hatt37 (37)
3. Jansson, ToveKometen kommer34 (48)
4. Simukka, SallaValkea kuin lumi33 (37)
5. Jansson, ToveFarlig midsommar32 (48)
6. Jansson, ToveTrollvinter32 (48)
7. Simukka, SallaMusta kuin eebenpuu30 (37)
8. Jansson, TovePappan och havet29 (48)
9. Jansson, ToveMuminpappans memoarer27 (48)
10. Kunnas, MauriJoulupukki25 (32)

For more information on translations that have been published, as well as their languages, translators and publishers, visit the Translation Database.

Most widely translated authors