ContemporaryFinnish Military Ranks


CONTEMPORARY FINNISH ARMY AND AIR FORCE RANKS IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

FinnishSwedishEnglishFrenchGerman
Kenraali*GeneralGeneralGénéralGeneral
Kenraaliluutnantti*Generallöjtnant Lieutenant GeneralLieutenant-généralGeneralleutnant
Kenraalimajuri*GeneralmajorMajor GeneralGénéral-majorGeneralmajor
Prikaatikenraali*BrigadgeneralBrigadier GeneralGénéral de brigadeBrigadegeneral
Eversti*ÖversteColonelColonelOberst
Everstiluutnantti*ÖverstelöjtnantLieutenant ColonelLieutenant-colonelOberstleutnant
Majuri*MajorMajorCommandantMajor
Kapteeni*KaptenCaptainCapitaineHauptmann
Yliluutnantti*PremiärlöjtnantSenior LieutenantPremier lieutenantOberleutnant
Luutnantti*LöjtnantLieutenantLieutenantLeutnant
SotilasmestariMilitärmestareChief Warrant OfficerMajorStabsfeldwebel
Vänrikki*FänrikSecond LieutenantSous-lieutenantFänrich
YlivääpeliÖverfältväbelSenior Warrant OfficerAdjutant-chefHauptfeldwebel
VääpeliFältväbelWarrant OfficerAdjutantOberfeldwebel
YlikersanttiÖversergeantStaff SergeantSergent-chefFeldwebel
KersanttiSergeantSergeantSergentStabsunteroffizier
AlikersanttiUndersergeantCorporalCaporal-chefUnteroffizier
KorpraaliKorpralLance Corporal/Airman 1st ClassCaporalGefreiter
SotamiesSoldatPrivateSoldatSoldat
* =Commisioned Officer

The ranks are not supposed to be the exact equivalents of the same ranks in foreign armies. They are the foreign language ranks Finnish army uses to translate its ranks in e.g. UN service.

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    Source: Finnish Army HQ/Foreign Relations Dept. chart no. 95/Dbc/11.1.96
    Created: 11. February 1996, 19.28.57 Last Updated: 11. February 1996, 19.28.57