Re: RARA-AVIS: re: Sipila

Date: 21 Jun 2004


Re your message below:

> . . . here you can find an
> interview
> of Sipila and a few other Finnish writers in English
> (including me):

One thing that struck me was Sipila's comment about the small market for Finnish-language fiction. It made me wonder something, so I hope you'll forgive my ignorance.

How different are the Scandinavian languages from each other? Are Danish, Swedish, and Finnish as similar to each other as, say, American English, British English, and Australian English, so that, although there'd be differences, people from each place could generally understand each other, or are they as different as, say, Italian and Spanish, which have the same Latin roots but are still very different languages?

And, presuming that they are similar enough that people from each country can understand people from the other two, could a Finnish novel find markets in Denmark and Sweden?


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