Finns have had long connection to Oregon

CRESWELL – The Finnish Track & Field team is coming to Creswell, and it is time to reflect on what I think I know of Finland.

My first knowledge came from my mother’s mother, who taught me words in Finnish (Suomi) and Swedish (Svensk), two of the three languages spoken there. Saami (Sámi) is the third. My grandmother also taught me to gather, cook, and enjoy wild greens in the traditional way. 

The Suomi language is used by about 70% of Finland’s population. It is one of the Uralic family of languages . . .