Finnish Proverb Collection

The collection includes dialectal proverbs collected from various areas in the 1930s. This is a resource of Kotimaisten kielten keskus, the Institute for the Languages of Finland. For more information please see

This resource contains only a part of the 1.4 million proverbs collected in different regions of Finland. The National Archives of Finland have digitized quite a few of the handwritten cards containing proverbs. The digitized cards are available in jpg format at

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Proverb Collection, Kielipankki Version
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