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From Christmas greetings between friends to business Finland and exotic New Year wishes, I’ll introduce you to the festive Finnish vocabulary.

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Merry Christmas in Finnish

The Finnish greeting you’ll see and hear most often during the Christmas season is Hyvää joulua! (Good Christmas!)

Personally, I think this phrase is at its best spoken when you are out and about.

Hyvää joulua! is a courteous, warm wish to sprinkle around like Christmas candy. This saying is always appropriate and never too personal.

Never too personal? Yup. There are things that are too personal to say to a random person in Finland. Like, How are you? Read more about that here. 

Learn ten Merry Christmas Greetings in Finnish! by Her Finland blog

Ten Unique Finnish Christmas Greetings

When it comes to greeting family, messaging friends or writing a Facebook update for the holidays, I try to be more innovative.

In Finland, we have a charming selection of Christmas greetings you can use instead of Hyvää joulua!

Sidenote, I struggled to find exactly same meaning adjectives in English. That’s why I sometimes write few adjectives so that you can interpret the tone of the Finnish adjective more correctly.

#1 Rauhallista joulua = Peaceful Christmas!

#2 Iloista joulua = Happy, cheerful Christmas!

#3 Hauskaa joulua = Merry, fun Christmas!

#4 Valoisaa joulua = Bright Christmas!

#5 Leppoisaa joulua!= Jovial, cozy, relaxing Christmas!

#6 Tunnelmallista joulua! = Atmospheric Christmas! Refers to the coziness of Christmas.

#7 Jouluiloa! = Christmas joy!

#8 Joulurauhaa! = Christmas peace!

#9 Kiireetöntä joulua = Unrushed, relaxing Christmas!

#10 Ihanaa joulua = Lovely Christmas!

What was your favorite out of the ten greetings?

You can also substitute joulua (Christmas) with joulunaikaa (Christmas time).

For example, Leppoisaa joulunaikaa! or Ihanaa joulunaikaa! 

By the way, did you notice that, in Finnish, the word ‘Christmas’ is always written with small letters?

Greetings in Finnish Christmas Cards

Hands down, the most popular, traditional phrase on a Finnish Christmas card is Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta! (Good Christmas and happy New Year!)

In Finnish business life, we sometimes write Hyvää joulua ja kiitos kuluneesta vuodesta! (Good Christmas and thank you for the past year!).

This phrase is often used when Finnish companies say their holiday greetings to their customers and partners.

Season’s Greetings in Finnish

What if you want to say your holiday greetings but not talk about Christmas?

In Finnish, a great sentence would be Hyvää vuodenvaihdetta! (which means word to word: Good turn of the year!)

This phrase is versatile and also works well for New Year’s wishes. However, if you are writing a card, you could put separately:

Hyvää vuodenvaihdetta ja onnellista uutta vuotta! = Good turn of the year and happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and New Year Wishes in Finnish by Her Finland blog

Five Happy New Year Wishes in Finnish

Holiday season includes both Christmas and New Year. Right after Christmas, we wish Happy New Year in Finland. 

#1 Onnellista uutta vuotta! = Happy New Year!

#2 Menestyksekästä uutta vuotta = Successful New Year!

#3 Iloista uutta vuotta! = Happy, cheerful New Year!

#4 Hyvää uutta vuotta = Good New Year! 

#5 Räiskyvää uutta vuotta! = Sparking New Year! Refers to the New Year fireworks all around Finland.  

The Three Most Important Season’s Greetings & Wishes

In my opinion, these three phrases are most-used and super versatile.

Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta! You’ll see and hear this phrase all the time in Finland.

As I told earlier, it means word to word “Good Christmas and happy New Year!” but I think it’s the equivalent of “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”

My second pick is Hyvää vuodenvaihdetta! (the equivalent of “Season’s greetings!”) because then you don’t have to mention Christmas.

Last, joulutoivotuksin means “best wishes for Christmas” and it can be used when signing cards and emails.

I rounded up these phrases with seven other most popular below. You can save the image nicely on Pinterest.

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Quick Pronunciation Tutorial – How to Say Merry Christmas in Finnish

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