The closest language to English is French
i'm having a hard time reading this.
if you are saying that finnish and english are as different as can be based on a) their different language families, b) their different phonological inventories, and c) their difference in terms of grammatical categories available...
then how on earth can you possibly say that "the closest language to English is French" if they a) come from different language families [one is romanic, the other is germanic], b) have different phonological inventories, and c) have very different grammatical systems [for starters, french has articles and genders, whereas english doesn't].
and even though orthography is hardly worth considering when talking about similarities between languages, the above paragraph doesn't even mention how incredibly different the use of the latin alphabet is in french and in english! (have you ever noticed the diacritics on top of french letters?)