"Why is French an important language?"
Translation:Miksi ranska on tärkeä kieli?
The subject and verb are inverted in English questions, but this does not happen in Finnish when the question begins with an interrogative word instead of a verb. The subject in this sentence is "French" and the verb is "is". A statement would begin with "French is...", but they are inverted because it's a question. Finnish would do the same only if the question were to begin with a verb, as in "onko ranska...".