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Mikael Agricola
Mikael Agricola
Born c. 1510
Torsby, Pernå, Uusimaa (Nyland), Finland
Died 9 April 1557(1557-04-09)
Kyrönniemi
Resting place Viipuri
Occupation priest, bishop, diplomat
Vyborg June2012 Teatralnaya Square Agricola Monument
Monument to Agricola in Vyborg

Mikael Agricola (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈmikɑel ˈɑɡrikolɑ] ) (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.

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.

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