Johan Ludvig Runeberg

(5 February 1804 – 6 May 1877 / Jakobstad)

Johan Ludvig Runeberg
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Johan Ludvig Runeberg was a Finnish poet, and is the national poet of Finland. He wrote in the Swedish language.

Runeberg studied first in the cities of Vaasa and Oulu, later on at the Imperial Academy of Turku, where he befriended Johan Vilhelm Snellman and Zacharias Topelius. His studies concentrated mainly on the classical languages of Latin and Greek. From 1837 onwards he lived in Porvoo, where he served as professor of Roman literature in the Gymnasium of Porvoo. He was married to his second cousin Fredrika Runeberg, née Tengström, with whom he had eight children and who wrote poems and novels, too.

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Finnish National Anthem

Oi maamme Suomi, synnyinmaa!
Soi, sana kultainen!
Ei laaksoa ei kukkulaa,
Ei vettä, rantaa rakkaampaa,
Kuin kotimaa tää pohjoinen,
Maa kallis isien!
Ei laaksoa ei kukkulaa,
Ei vettä, rantaa rakkaampaa,
Kuin kotimaa tää pohjoinen,
Maa kallis isien!

11. Sun kukoistukses kuorestaan
Kerrankin puhkeaa!
Viel' lempemme saa nousemaan,
Sun toivos, riemus loistossaan,
Ja kerran laulus, synnyinmaa,
Korkeemman kaiun saa.
Viel' lempemme saa nousemaan,
Sun toivos, riemus loistossaan,
Ja kerran laulus, synnyinmaa,
Korkeemman kaiun saa.

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