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From Swedish abbreviation of the Idrotts- (sports) + föreningen (club) Kamraterna (comrades), Helsingfors (Helsinki). There are many sports clubs along the Swedish-speaking coast of SW Finland which include the words Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna in their name and their abbreviations are differentiated from each other by adding in front of the letters IFK one or two letters to indicate the hometown. In speech the word HIFK may be pronounced as one word, often adding an "i" in the end, or the letters H-I-F-K may be read out individually.


  • Pronounced as one word: IPA(key): /ˈhifk(i)/
  • Read out letter by letter: IPA(key): /ˈho̞ːˑiːˑæfˑˌko̞ː/

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A leading sports club in Helsinki, playing in the national league in several team sports.


Treated as noun:

Inflection of HIFK (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative HIFK
genitive HIFKin
partitive HIFKiä
illative HIFKiin
singular plural
nominative HIFK
accusative nom. HIFK
gen. HIFKin
genitive HIFKin
partitive HIFKiä
inessive HIFKissä
elative HIFKistä
illative HIFKiin
adessive HIFKillä
ablative HIFKiltä
allative HIFKille
essive HIFKinä
translative HIFKiksi
abessive HIFKittä

Treated as initialism:

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