Most Students Study Finnish Because of Metal, Claims Latest Research

97 percent of University of Vienna students stated they study Finnish because of metal music.

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Recent research conducted among the University of Vienna students came up with some rather interesting results, revealing that a vast majority of Finnish language students, a whopping 97 percent to be precise, is in fact studying because of their love of metal music.

According to the YLE report, the students are willing to cope with one of the most complex languages in order to better understand their favorite artists, naming Children of Bodom, Nightwish, HIM, Lordi and Stratovarius some of the most influential figures.

"For 97 percent of them, the primary target of interest was heavy metal music. This somewhat surprised us," said Marjut Vehkanen, Secretary General of the Helsinki-based Centre for International Mobility. "There's a lot to memorize at first, but if you study hard in the beginning, then you'll find it's a very logical language."

A Norwegian professor located in Italy, Siri Nergaard, told the Wall Street Journal back in June that "it's quite a well-known phenomenon that students in Italy study Norwegian because they're interested in metal," only further supporting the latest research claims.

Choosing a university or a specific studies program can often prove as one of life's crucial decisions, only showing just what kind of impact can metal music have on its fans. Studies in Finnish are currently available at over 100 universities in around 30 countries around the globe.

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    Creepingdeth89
    Do any of those bands actually sing in Finnish?
    link no1
    To be fair, do most bands who speak something other than English as a first language actually write their lyrics in their native language? I can think of quite a few bands who do but, a much larger number of them just do it in English, this doesn't just apply to Finnish bands. It's just nice to learn the language if a lot of bands you like come from that country, whether or not they actually speak it in their lyrics.
    Nerdpunx
    Suomi mainittu torilla tavataan!
    MrAku
    Miksi vitussa toi pit tunkea kaikkialle jossa Suomi mainitaan?? Ihan turhaa!
    Kueller917
    Kinda like people learning Japanese for games and anime. I wonder how many actually stick to the language though, usually it ends up being harder than expected when you have motivation like that.
    Vyperpunk
    Usually this is valid for any language. On the other hand, those who decide to study a language because of a particolar cultural/artistic passion regarding the country/nationality in which it is spoken are the ones that usually archive the learning. People that decide to study it "for business", or "because it is the language of the future" are the ones going to drop it after two months, or anyway not going to have a full learning in the proper sense outside soon. Even if I think you were talking about the kind of "Fangirl"/"Fanboys" that do it "just for fashion" and drop it, and they are still the majority.
    crazysam23_Atax
    I can't think of many people who study English for business and drop it after 2 months.
    link no1
    Probably because most people who learn it for business actually need it because it's a vital part of their job/future career choice. If it's any other language, Spanish for example, less people would stick at it for business purposes since it isn't as widely used as English, which is a lot more useful since a huge majority of the world uses it.
    Kueller917
    I think it might depend for business. Might be the motivation of business keeps you going at it, but perhaps you won't really enjoy it as much as someone who really is interested in the language's history and culture.
    Galfadez
    "Choosing a university or a specific studies program can often prove as one of life's crucial decisions, only showing just what kind of impact can metal music have on its fans. Studies in Finnish are currently available at over 100 universities in around 30 countries around the globe."
    Vyperpunk
    With a rate of 30 students in my university, summing up all the years and facolties ...
    Wildchild515
    I'm French and I spent a year in Finland to study Finnish language I really struggled but I now speak pretty well and I'm actually proud of it To the people who'd like to learn : be courageous and have some faith
    m4ss3 m/
    That awkward moment when there is only a handful of decent bands singing in Finnish.
    petruzh
    Only sad thing that there are only few good metal bands in here... Majority is radio bullshit, only few good metal band. so dont learn my language for that
    rcm93
    How embarrassing for those countries. They have so much more to offer than 'metal'.
    Toasted_Waffelz
    Wanted to learn German so I could understand Rammstein, I can definitely understand what they feel like
    Droste
    I remember a similar article like this was posted a year ago or so.
    Vyperpunk
    The actually YLE news is very old, really. Also it was even more old on Helsingin Sanomat (On-Line English Edition)...
    MetalHeart14
    Yay for Finland :') finally good for something. Finnish blood running through my veins and my parents question why I like metal lol.
    SomeBlueKind
    Nice to know these students has got their priorities in order. In other news, people play guitar cause they want to be a famous musician.