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PLEASE NOTE: The FinnWordNet Web pages have moved to the Portal of the Language Bank of Finland, and these outdated pages are no longer updated. (2019-09-19)

FinnWordNet – The Finnish WordNet

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FinnWordNet – the Finnish WordNet is a lexical database for Finnish. It is a part of the FIN-CLARIN infrastructure project.

FinnWordNet is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 3.0 licence. As a derivative of the Princeton WordNet, FinnWordNet is also subject to the Princeton WordNet licence.

FinnWordNet contains words (nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs) grouped by meaning into synonym groups representing concepts. These synonym groups are linked to each other with relations such as hyponymy and antonymy, creating a semantic network.

FinnWordNet can be used in language technology research and applications. It can also be used interactively as an electronic thesaurus.

The first version of FinnWordNet has been created by having the words of the original English (Princeton) WordNet (version 3.0) translated into Finnish by professional translators.

The current version of FinnWordNet is 2.0, released in October 2012.

FinnWordNet is work in progress, and we would be grateful for any feedback.


FinnWordNet data can be seen in three different demos: a search interface, thesauri and translation dictionaries encoded as HFST transducers, and the visualization interface WordTies.

Search interface | Dictionary transducers | WordTies visualization


You can download FinnWordNet data in a couple of formats, including HFST transducers, and a modified version of the WordNet Grind program.

FinnWordNet data | HFST transducers | Modified WordNet Grind


News about FinnWordNet content, search interface and other demos. The news are also available as an RSS feed. RSS


A list of publications about FinnWordNet.

Project members

A list of FinnWordNet project members: advisors and others.

Note on the name

The name of the resource is FinnWordNet (with a double n), not FinWordNet.

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