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The Uralic languages use lots of grammatical cases, and suffixes and agglutination may make these languages look intimidating to start with, but the good news is that there is no distinction made between the male and female pronoun- just one word to remember for each.§

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Finland

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Uralic

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Fun facts about Finnish

The Finns have a word called saunatonttu – a sauna elf who, if you behave badly in the sauna, will become angry and burn it down.

It's not Santa Claus who arrives in Finland on Christmas Eve but the '’Christmas goat', Joulupukki.

Finnish is famed for its complex grammar - it has 15 cases - but one relatively simple aspect is that it doesn’t have any grammatical gender, so the pronoun hän is used for both ‘he’ and ‘she’.

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