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I am Päivi Creber, a full-time staff translator and editor with a freelancing business on the side. My working languages are Finnish and English.

I specialised in these languages during my 20-odd years as a freelance translator in the UK. 

My first language is Finnish and I was born in Finland, but I have lived in the UK for most of my working life.

In 2019 I returned to Finland for 18 months to work as an in-house translator for the Prime Minister's Office. The Notes... blog posts on this website are from that time.

I found translating for the government a natural next step in my career and I really enjoyed working with the team in Helsinki, so I later grabbed the chance to apply for a permanent position.

That means I'm working for the Prime Minister's Office again. But I have also registered a self-employed business in Finland for freelancing. I pay all taxes myself, and my business is exempt from VAT due to small volume of sales.

My freelancing career offered a great opportunity to develop my skills across many fields, from advertising to law, and forge long-term relationships with my clients.

I love learning new skills, most recently related to plain or clear language, accessibility and user experience (UX).

I am married with a daughter, and our family is currently discovering what it's like to live straddling two countries.

For quotes, please email paivi at

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My experience in brief

Finnish into English
- marketing and corporate information, such as annual reports
- government and the EU
- education and training
- human resources
- forestry

English into Finnish
- sales and marketing, both business-to-business and customer
- advertising
- human resource and leadership training
- surveys and interview questions
- enterprise resource planning applications

- contracts
- legislation
- court and police documents
- user terms and conditions

- medical equipment software and manuals
- machine and equipment manuals and specifications
- material safety data
- clothing industry specifications

Other areas
- travel and hospitality
- exhibition notes and catalogues
- recipes
- games

- copywriting
- editing and proofreading
- language skills assessment
- software localisation
- website updates

- magazine and newspaper articles
- newsletters
- teaching
- voice-over

MA in Translating and Interpreting (University of Eastern Finland, 1999), Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, Member of the Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters, Member of the North-West Translators Network, Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI), Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English Language for Adults (CELTA)


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