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Hei, minun nimeni on Paula. Hi everybody! I’m Paula.
Welcome to FinnishPod101.com’s “Suomea kolmessa minuutissa”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Finnish.
In the last lesson, we learned how to introduce ourselves in Finnish. Today we’re going to learn how to properly thank people. Are you ready? Then let’s start!
There are several ways to thank someone, but let’s start with the easiest. It’s just one word:
[slowly] Kiitos.
Kiitos means “thank you”.
When saying “thank you very much” you just need to add the word paljon.
Kiitos paljon.
[slowly] Kiitos paljon.
Paljon means “a lot”. So Kiitos paljon is just like saying “Thank you very much.”
It doesn't matter if you're trying to be formal or informal. Kiitos will work in both situations, so don't worry!
But how do you reply to “thank you” in Finnish? It’s easy! There are basically two ways to do it.
The first is:
Ole hyvä.
[slowly] Ole hyvä.
Ole hyvä literally means “be good,” and it’s commonly used to reply to “thank you”, especially when someone thanks you for giving them something.
The other way to say “you’re welcome” is the expression:
Ei se mitään.
[slowly] Ei se mitään.
Literally, this phrase means "Nothing" or "never mind.” You use this when you think that there’s no need to be thanked, so it’s like saying “Don’t mention it”.
So when someone says kiitos to you, you can simply reply with:
Ole hyvä or ei se mitään.
Now it’s time for Paula’s Points.
If you’re not sure about whether to use kiitos or kiitos paljon, keeping it simple is always your safest bet. You don’t have to worry about formal or informal situations. Kiitos can be used with just about anyone, anywhere, and at any time!
Do you know what näkemiin means? In our next Suomea kolmessa minuutissa lesson you’ll learn this and other greetings in Finnish!
Nähdään pian!


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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Hi listeners! Let's practice how to thank people in Finnish!

Thursday at 9:51 am
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Hello Kateri Marie,

Thank you for the kind feedback. ?

I hope you are enjoying your Finnish studies!

Let us know if you have any question.



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Kateri Marie
Monday at 11:43 pm
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Kiitos paljion Paula!

Wednesday at 8:36 pm
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Hei Svetlana,

Kiva kuulla että pidät videoistamme! ? ❤️️


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Tuesday at 6:49 pm
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Kiitos paljon! Tämä on mahtavaa!

Monday at 12:48 am
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Hei Anna!

Kiitos, thank you, for your lovely comment!

Life with kids must be so busy, that it is really heartwarming to hear you still make time to study Finnish with the help of our videos. Kiitos! :heart:

Perhaps you can soon watch Moomin videos in Finnish with your children. :wink:

Parhain terveisin, Best Wishes,



Thursday at 8:14 am
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Kiitos paljon for this short and simple episode! Your videos are ideal for a working mother of four who still has the ambition to learn the native language of Moomins.

Tuesday at 6:59 pm
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Hi Jerry!

Kiitos kommentistasi, thank you for your comment! :smile:

"Kiitoksia" and "kiitti" also mean thank you, but they are more informal way of saying it. Especially "Kiitti" is popular among young people or between friends. I wouldn't use this when in formal situation.

"Kiitos" is therefore good, as you can use it in all kinds of situations, where you want to thank someone.

"Ei mitään" literally means 'nothing', and it is used as a reply when someone says 'thank you' to you. It is the equivalent for "it's ok" in English, or for example "de rien" in French.

I hope this answers your question.

Best Wishes,


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Thursday at 7:06 pm
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Hei, Hello Annie!

Thank you so much for your encouraging and lovely comment! We are very happy to hear that.

Also thank you for your question!

"Ei se mitään" and "Eipä kestä" mean pretty much the same, i.e. you can say this when someone says thank you to you. The meaning is similar as 'you're welcome' or 'it's ok' in English. "Eipä kestä" has perhaps a slightly more casual and relaxed tone though, but you can use both in similar situations.

Best Wishes,


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Monday at 10:48 pm
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what about "kiitoksia" and "kiiti"?

What about just saying "ei mitään"?


Wednesday at 8:53 pm
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Hello. First of all I want to say thank you for your lessons.

Kiitos paljon!

I have a question. Is there any difference between 'Ei se mitään' and 'Eipä kestä' phrases?

I read that I can use 'Ei kestä' as well.

And again...Paljon kiitoksia!