Prepositions

There are few important prepositions in Finnish. The language uses a lot more postpositions. In prepositional phrases the noun is always in the partitive, and is written behind the preposition.

Finnish English
Ennen joulua Before christmas
Ilman sinua Without you


Some postpositions can also be used as prepositions:

Postposition Preposition Translation
kylän keskellä keskellä kylää in the middle of the village
kirkon lähellä lähellä kirkkoa near the church
hotellia vastapäätä vastapäätä hotellia across the road of the hotel
Ranskan ympäri ympäri Ranskaa through France