Lesbian Dictionary Finnish
How to say lesbian in Finnish
Below are the words of our Finnish Lesbian Dictionary that we will expand in new editions. If you know any more, please, contact us. But first some information about the language and where it is spoken.
Finnish is the official language, along with Swedish, in Finland, spoken by more than 5 million people. Belonging to the family of Uralic languages, is one of the few European languages not descended from Indo-European.
The situation of LGBT people in Finland is good since marriage and adoption are egalitarian. In the same way, an abundant anti-discrimination laws has been granted and legislation in favor of LGBT rights, such as access to assisted reproduction techniques for lesbians. Although it was not always like this, since when the first gay pride was celebrated, the twenty participants were arrested for promoting lewd behavior, and that, although homosexuality was decriminalized in 1971, its promotion was illegal until 1999. Currently Finland is a very friendly country for LGBT people and is in the top positions in the Gay Happiness Index (GHI), survey conducted worldwide by the Planet Romeo dating platform.
The Finnish word lepakko translated into the English language is the bat and it is a slang for lesbians. In this case, there is little information on the origin of the use of this word and the explanations are unconvincing. Some say lesbo word is difficult to pronounce in Finnish and that is why they used this slang, and others say that it is used by the phonetic similarity with lesbo. However, given its derogatory intention, the most likely is that refers to the physical appearance of lesbians since in other languages we find similar expressions as “dragoner” (dragon) of the German language. Check our article for the Lesbian Slang Collection to read more about this word.
Read more: Lepakko. Lesbian Dictionary (Finland).