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Finnish Real Estate Terms & Abbreviations in English

This page will help you understand the terminology and abbreviations used in Finnish property advertisements, whether for rental or sale.

NOTE regarding "bedrooms"
In Finnish advertisements you will see, for example, "2h". This does NOT mean "2 bedrooms" as it would in many countries; it means 2 rooms (typically a bedroom and a living area). Apartments described as "1h" are usually what English speakers describe as studio apartments.
Example: "3h + k, kph" means "2 bedrooms, living/dining room, + kitchen, bathroom".

Real Estate Terms

The following alphabetical list is also available as a printable PDF
Terms in green bold are concerned with financial aspects, and explained in more detail on the Buying Property page.
See also: Finnish > English > Finnish Dictionary

Alkovi, alk Alcove
Alue Region (ex. Uusimaa)
Aluetarkennus District (ex. Helsinki)
Asumisoikeusmaksu euroina Price (in €) - "right-of-occupancy" payment - see Buying Property
Asunto, Asunnot Flat, Flats, Apartment, Apartments
Asuntotyyppi Type of dwelling
Autohallipaikka Undercover parking
Autopaikka Parking space
Autotalli, at Garage
Etsi Look, look for
H, h Rooms (ex. "3h + k, kph" - see note at top of page)
Hae Search
Hae kohteita Search properties (for sale)
Hae vuokrakohteita Search rental properties
Hinta Price
Hintapyyntö, hp Asking price
Hissi Lift/Elevator
Hoitovastike Building service / maintenance fee
Huone(et) Room(s)
Huoneluku Number of rooms (ex. "3h + k, kph" - see note at top of page)
Huoneiston kokoonpano Number of rooms - see above
Hyvä Good (as in, condition of building)
Ikkunoiden suunnat Aspect - facing which direction
Ilmastointi Air conditioner
Jääkaappi Refrigerator
Kaakeli Tiles
Kaapeli-TV Cable TV
Kaikki All / Everything
Kakluuni Tile stove
Kalustettu Furnished
Kaupunginosa Neighbourhood
Keittiö, k Kitchen (ex. "3h + k, kph" - see note at top of page)
Keittokomero Kitchenette
Keittiön varusteet Kitchen features / appliances
Kerros Floor / storey / level
Kerrostalo, kt Block of flats / apartments
Kiinteistö Estate agent
KK, kk Per month (rent, charges etc)
Kodinhoitohuone, khh Workroom / workshop
Koti Home
Kuivausrumpu Clothes dryer
Kylpyamme Bathtub
Kylpyhuone, kph, kh Bathroom (ex. "3h + k, kph" - see note at top of page)
Kylpyhuoneen varusteet Bathroom/WC features
Laajakaista Broadband
Laatta Tiles
Laminaatti Laminate flooring
Lattiapäällysteet Type of flooring
Lauta Real wooden floorboards
Leimavero Transfer tax - see Buying Property
Liesi Cooker
Loma-asunnot Holiday houses
Loma-asunto Holiday house
Luhtikäytävätalo, lkt Balcony access block
Löylyhuone Sauna
Maakunta Province (ex. Uusimaa)
Makuuhuone, mh Bedroom
Mikroaaltouuni Microwave
Myyntihinta, mh Price to be paid to current owner - see Buying Property
Mökki Cottage / summer cottage
Mökit Cottages / summer cottages
Olohuone, oh Living room
Oma Own
Omakotitalo(t), ok, okt Detached house(s)
Omistus Responsibility of owner
Osa Responsibility shared by owners
Pakastin Freezer
Paritalo(t), pt Semi-detached house(s) / duplex(es)
Parkettii Parquet flooring
Parveke Balcony / Terrace
Parvi Loft-bed
Pesuhuone, ph Laundry
Pesukone Washing machine
Pesukoneliittymä, pkliit Washing machine space and plumbing
Pesutupa Washing room / Communal laundry
Pieni Small
Pienkerrostalo, pkt Small block of flats
Piha Yard / Garden
Pinta-ala Size (square metres)
Postinumero Postcode
Puuhella Wood stove
Pysäköintitilat Parking space charge
Pyörävarasto Bicycle storage
Rakennettu, rak, r Built
Rakennusvuosi, rak, r Year built
Ranskalainen parveke French balcony (very narrow)
Rivitalo(t), rt Row-house(s)
Rahoitusvastike Housing company loan payment - see Buying Property
Satelliittiantenni Satellite antenna
Sauna s, sa Sauna - oma means own
Sauna Taloyhtiossa Building has sauna
Sijainti Locality / Location
Suihku Shower
Takka Fireplace
Takkahuone, tkh, th Fireplace room
Talo(t) House(s)
Terassi Terrace
Tontti/Tontit Land
Tupakeittiö, tk Open kitchen
Tyydytävä Acceptable (as in, condition of building)
Työhuone, työh Office / study
Vaatehuone, vh Walk-in wardrobe
Valmistumisaika Availability/when available
Varasto, var Storage area
Velaton hinta "Free of debt" price - see Buying Property
Velaton myyntihinta "Free of debt" price - see Buying Property
Vesimaksu Water charge
Vuokra Rent
Vuokra-asunnot Rental apartment
Vuokra/kk (€) Rent/month (€)
Yhtiölaina, yl Housing company debt - see Buying Property
Yhtiövastike (euroina) Housing company loan payment PLUS building service / maintenance fee (in €) - see Buying Property
Yleiskunto Condition of property
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