Statistics on Finnish literary exports

A total of around 300–400 translations of Finnish books are published each year in around 40 different languages. Number of books published (according to our Translation Database):

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017*
281 308 408 370 342  160

*) Up to May 2017.

The Translation Database maintained by FILI contains information on translations of Finnish literature published since 1839. It is possible to search the database for translations by author, language or year of publication. The database is updated regularly, but it does have some gaps. We are always happy to receive details of translations that are missing from the database.


 

What are the top languages for translations of Finnish literature?

Statistics for the past six years for languages with at least 10 translated titles. Source: FILI.

2012  2013 2014  2015 2016 2017*
Arabic 6 11 10 3 1 0
Bulgarian 3 2 7 10 11 5
Chinese 19  6 17 2  11  0
Czech  7 10 14 16  18  1
Danish 17 32 19 22  27  4
Dutch 4 11  6 9  11  3
English 25 23 29 37  28  4
Estonian 18 28 25 27  26  6
French 20 18 18 27  22  7
German 29 33 114 25  21  9
Hungarian 16 23 17 14  15  3
Italian 10 14 13 14  12  3
Japanese 10 3 11  7   3  0
Latvian 6 10 11 11   5  2
Norwegian 14 11 12 12   7  6
Polish 9 12  8 12   6  3
Russian 11 10 16 18  11  3
Spanish 9  7 17 15  10  2
Swedish 14 17  8 18  12  2

*) Up to 05/2017.

Most widely translated works

These refer to translations that have been published, not to rights sold.

Fiction / adults

Author Title Languages
(Total number of languages into which each author’s all works have been translated)
1. Lönnrot, Elias Kalevala 59
2. Oksanen, Sofi Puhdistus 37 (38)
3. Waltari, Mika Sinuhe egyptiläinen 36 (38)
4. Kivi, Aleksis Seitsemän veljestä 32 (34)
5. Paasilinna, Arto Jäniksen vuosi 28 (35)
6. Paasilinna, Arto Ulvova mylläri 26 (35)
7. Sillanpää, Frans Emil Nuorena nukkunut 25 (31)
8. Linna, Väinö Tuntematon sotilas 24 (28)
9. Waltari, Mika Johannes Angelos 24 (38)
10. Tuomainen, Antti Parantaja 23 (24)

Books for children and young readers

For more information on translations that have been published, as well as their languages, translators and publishers, visit the Translation Database.

Explore a map visualisation of Finnish books published around the world between 1839 and 2017. The map was created by Koponen+Hildén.

The value of Finnish literary exports, 2011–2016

FILI and the Finnish Book Publishers’ Association have commissioned reports on changes in the value of Finnish literary exports. These reports have monitored the revenues received in Finland for the sale of translation rights, both the advances paid and royalties received.

The figures do not include details for authors represented by agencies outside Finland, so the actual value of literary exports is significantly higher.

The first report, covering the years 2011-2015, in Media Clever’s analysis was published in the autumn of 2016.

The follow-up report covers the years 2011-2016 and was published in September 2017. Click here to download the report in English.