Hyvää päivää!

Finnish for hello.

“Hyvää päivää!” means “Good day!”, and is pronounced something like “Hu-va pie-va!”, as far as I can work out.

It’s quite formal, so if I ever meet a Finn in a social setting, I shall instead say “Hei!” (pronounced “Hay!”), or “Terve!” (pronounced Tehr-veh!”) – both of which seem to mean “Hi!”.


1 Response to “Hyvää päivää!”

  1. 1 John
    November 18, 2009 at 6:20 am

    Hu-va is right. The second part is pah-va.

    I’m really glad to see how to spell this common Finnish word. Thank you.

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