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Berries – Marjat – Finnish Vocabulary

Thanks to jokamiehenoikeudet (everyman’s rights), you can go into the Finnish forests and collect berries (marjat) there for free! The forest is for all Finns, and for you too, if you are in Finland. If you want to learn some vocabulary about fruit, you can do that too!

Finnish English
juolukka bog whortleberry
karhunvatukka blackberry
karpalo cranberry
karviaismarja gooseberry
kirsikka cherry
lakka cloudberry
lillukka stone bramble
mansikka strawberry
mesimarja arctic bramble
metsämansikka wild strawberry
mustikka blueberry
mustaherukka blackcurrant
pihlajanmarja rowanberry
punaherukka red currant
puolukka lingonberry
tyrni buckthorn
vadelma raspberry
variksenmarja black crowberry
viinimarja currant

Sayings with berries

  • “Oma maa mansikka, muu maa mustikka.”
    Literally: Own country strawberry, other country blueberry.
    Meaning: Things are better at home.
  • “Se maksaa mansikoita.”
    Literally: It costs strawberries.
    Meaning: It’s really exprensive.
  • “He ovat kuin kaksi marjaa.”
    Literally: They are like two berries.
    Meaning: They’re very similar, like two peas in a pod.”

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