Finnish clergyman and de facto founder of literary Finnish
Mikael Agricola (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈmikɑel ˈɑɡrikolɑ] pronunciation (help·info)) (c. 1510 – 9 April 1557) was a priest who is often called the "father of written Finnish". In addition, Agricola, Aleksis Kivi and Elias Lönnrot are regarded fathers of a national literature in Finnish.
Torsby, Pernå, Uusimaa (Nyland), Finland
|Died||9 April 1557|
|Occupation||priest, bishop, diplomat|
In his time, Finland was part of Sweden, a Catholic country. He learned the ideas of the Reformation, and thought everyone should be able to read the Bible. To help people in Finland to learn to read, Agricola published a ABC book and a prayer book in Finnish around year 1544. He also translated large sections of the Bible into Finnish.
- ↑ Chung Lee Tan, Finland (Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish, 2007), p. 90
- ↑ Kivi, Aleksis (1834 - 1872) The National Biography of Finland
- ↑ Dan Graves. "Michael Agricola, Father of Finnish Literature". Christianity.com. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
- Agricola, Mikael (1510 - 1557) Finnish Dictionary of National Biography online.
- The Finnish Reformer was a student of Luther – and Finland's educator Archived 2015-12-04 at the Wayback Machine