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Laura, please do come. But make sure to wear down as it is freaking cold this spring belated, possibly neverending winter? Haha, this was great. You really nailed it with climax and all, well done!
Sorry you did not discover it….. Finland Only country to pay war debt back…. Hahaha this was hilarious! If you or anyone needs a couple of tips on how to communicate with Finns, check out my 5-step guide to communicating with Finns: When you jump into that icy lake after the sauna…listen to and feel your heart beat.
It slow to like 30 beats a minute….. Finland is actually on my list of places to visit. It sounds like it would definitely be an adventure!
Finland is great and we Finns can laugh at ourselves, unlike those thin skinned Norwegian ones or those cocky bastards of Stockholm.
The IKEA meat balls are nothing but cheap copies of the genuine meatballs, anyway. All the rest of the Fennoscandia can do the balls tastier than the rutabagas.
Go Denmark and go Norway! But hey, same goes both ways: Someone you can just shut up with. I am an American of Finnish ancestry.
Those characteristics described are common in American-Finns as well. Silence is not peculiar and small talk is avoided. Very nice it is too.
I love the way the Finnish speak English with a sort of off-tilt American accent. Having said that, Estonia is happy to refer to itself as Nordic too.
Just had to reply. Still my Canadian friend told me that my speech sounds Irish? Sadly things are getting down the hill here.
The concept of Finnish honesty is kinda overrated when you see the ripoff prices. They will just bump into you, or except you to read their thoughts if you are in the way by mistake.
The schools could teach this basic manner. The healthcare is going down the hill, and you are expected to go private despite you are paying for public healthcare.
They can literally rob you, and you are not expected to use any force to shoo them away. And, just a little part of the recent news:. The figures in the article do not include sick days, family leave or business trips.
During the autumn term he missed nearly half of a total of 59 sessions. Another ten MPs can boast Stubb-like non-attendance levels — for instance, Greens MP Ville Niinistö also skipped practically every other parliamentary session.
When asked why, he told IS: Correction, one of the worst countries in Europe for following reasons. Finally, someone is hinting. Finns are just posting online how great the country is for tourists to visit but why?
Sadly, the country is going downhill for its continuous corruptions. But I do love Finland, and I am glad to call it home! Yeah I love how whatever being naked in Finland feels.
You definitely forgot to mention Finnish candy and food: Lovely, this is high class humor. I am an old dutch man of 83, with a long visitors experience of northern Finland, as well as Sweden en Norway.
I enyojed it very mauch. Await further gacks to amsterdam. Ah, you know the old joke. There is a big storm, and the airplane is losing altitude, so the pilot says someone needs to parachute out.
We just came back from Finland after Christmas and loved the people, the food and even the dark! If someone bumps into you without apology it is probably a Russian.
Finland is an amazing country with great hockey players and warm and wonderful people! We will be back in the summer. My Norwegian mother used to say Swedes were Norwegians with their brains kicked out…I never understood that but seems to be a Norwegian pastime.
My husband is Finn and he is also very quiet until someone opens the vodka and someone always does lol.. You really hit all of the things I love about Finland and why I have been there seven times!
And why I want to retire there!!! Great text with sense of humour! Have you ever tried Salmiakki?! It was the weirdest thing about the country.
It is a sour somewhat spicy you can say confectionary that they consume a lot in daily life. Even a Turkish guy like myself would not prefer that spicy jelly candies.
Yesss I love it! Well, as a Finn I absolutely love the Scandinavians, they are absurdly easy to get along with. Those manically tended, savagely tidy Swedish gardens give me the rash… And, well, the Russians are the other extreme, everything wild and chaotic and nothing really functioning very predictably.
So, we are a good combination…. Finland is not a part of Scandinavia! One thing common in all Nordic countries is that American cars are huge thing and subculture in all of them.
Oh that is strange! And oh my goodness the cars here are such a big deal! My boyfriend loves old American cars and always has to point them out to me, haha.
My friend was visiting in US a few years ago and found a public swimming pool with sauna department. There were a Finnish electric-stove Harvia in sauna and he went to sauna naked, without clothes, which is only right way to go to sauna.
With clothes on it is filthy and un-healthy. My friend step up and trowed water in to stove, like normally people do in sauna. Those weird Americans got panic about getting electrocuted and ran out screaming.
They call cops and accused my friend for sexual harassment and manslaughter attempt. Yeah, Americans are weird.
Swimming on icy-lake is sissy version of rolling on snow without clothes. Hahaha that is hilarious that everyone panicked.
And I actually always thought rolling in the snow was the sissy version of swimming in the lake! My maternal grandparents were both born in Finland.
Came to America circa I grew up with sauna and listening to aiti and mummu speaking Finnish. Mom spoke Finnish before learning English in school.
Finnish idiosyncrasies are a part of me …. That is so funny. As an American I know exactly the type of people this refers to. My family was always pretty open about nudity but I know it is not accepted in US public places.
It is funny how we opposite views. To me, being nude and your crotch sitting where others sit is completely unhygenic…I mean yuck.
As a Finn this is a bit boring to read the same lists over and over again, but if it makes you happy… gasp.
The same thing often happens when I write about Norway — Norwegians really like to read about themselves. Ive lived in australia most of my life so feeel like a stranger Favourite finn regular saying.
Then I dropped down to the floor laughing out loud and could not read anymore but decided later to leave a comment instead.
The elementaries should get maps immediately, and if they already got them, someone should write some text on them.
And mark the scale used. It is also important to understand the coordinates, nautical miles, distances and projections used and the difference between two and three dimensions.
And it is scientifically proven Darwin really existed, but I guess it does not matter that much. Another reason why I did not read anything above is the fact I already know Finland is one of the crappiest places in Europe, if not in America, and I do have experience for almost 40 years of that welfare living back in Finland.
I just want to write something in English. As well I would like to do in German, Swedish and Spanish, as I learned them at school but never had to use them German, Spanish and English being optional, but had to choose some available language to start with, Swedish being mandatory for all Finnish speaking kids.
I know nothing about Norwegians though… nothing but they make jokes about Finns, like Finns do about Swedes and Swedes do about Norwegians.
And I know they are lucky bastards with their yummy salmon and they do think Finns drink a lot. I came back back to England to settle my affairs……..
I found Norwegians to be very similar to Finns. I met bunch of Norwegians in Latvia, the only difference was that they welcomed me a lot more quickly than a Finn would.
Although when we consume alcohol we are completely the same, we talk as much and behave just the same. Yes, you Norwegians fit the stereotype of being rich, specially when you compare Norwegians to other Nordics.
No matter, the gender roles were reversed and the very fine ladies bought me drinks. Excuse me these are lies! My mother is from Finland and I visit very often.
You do not have to go into the sauna naked, it is just cultural option. Also cross country skiing and ski-jumping. And if you have been to Finland long enough, you will find it is a very nice country.
You keep repeating that Finland is not a Scandinavian country. Finland was part of Sweden for years and it was Scandinavian then?
Swedish still is the other official language and the legislation is based on Swedish law. What do you mean by Scandinavia anyway, the geographical area?
Part of the northern Finland is Scandinavia in that sense. Otherwise, without any explanation, it sounds just plain stupid.
But you are not stupid, so please tell me. Otherwise I like your writing. Keep up the good work. I know, I sort of thought thought they would.
Althoug you recognize that Finland is not even part of Scandinavia at the end, the headline is very misleading!
So, tell me how Finland having been years part of Sweden differs from the Scandinavian countries. Is it the language Swedish is the other official language , the law law is based on the Swedish law or the customs many of them Swedish too.
I have family members from Norway and Sweden and am eager to find out more. Please tell me about the differences!
Scandinavian is first and foremost a linguistic adjective. Finland differs from Scandinavian countries in that the Finnish language belongs to the Uralic language group whereas languages spoken in Scandinavian countries are Scandinavian languages of the Indo-European group.
There has been a lot of intermixing so the ethnic and cultural differences between nations are not so clear-cut, but the linguistic ones really are.
Learn your history man. I am Finnish born and was American raised in a very Finnish household. I always knew I was different from the other Americans….
And now I am a Swedes and Russians worst nightmare, a typical stubborn patriotic Finn and at the same time loud and obnoxious, even when not drinking, hehe!
This is so retarded None of these reasons made any sense I have lived in Finland for a long time and almost none of these are true also saunas are relaxing.
Saunas are for people that can appreciate the strong SISU that lies inside of all finns its not for everyone ;.
Finnish people might be little bit antisocial in a smalltalk way but they have great loyalty for the few people around them.
Its about the quality of the friendship not the quantity. I simply could not resist and I wrote my reaction. I am a Czech girl who visitided Finland for few months and now I am working in Finland.
I live in Finland. I love to live there. The best schools in the world, and free. Foreigners do not know anything. The reason is that 1.
All the kids can go to the best school in Finland coz all the school are equal. Even the disable child can get all the facilities what is needed for daily life.
People are equal 4. All the health cares are free. Every kids can go to daycare no matter if you are unemployment or not 6.
All the citizens has a pension 7. Lol did you even read any of this post or just the title? All the health care is not free!
Good thing is that children get free healthy lunch in schools, mainly normal food not hamburgers and pizza!
I am a Finn and I agree about the small talk. It was similar feeling than you had naked in a Finnish sauna. Just when I was going to tell her that I was a little bit depressed because I had problems with my girlfriend the waitress left me with the menu.
But recently the American style of small talk has become more common in Finland. I am American living in Europe.
But when in America, I worked in customer service. I hate small talk but always asked how people were when I genuinely cared.
I find it pointless. Finland good only social this is olmostly the best but work money for living find work or social life zero..
Is only good for social but because is wery cold in total this is not reason to go there…better Norway or second Danemark..
Sveden hawe problem with refuge and economy but is better the Finland witch is last in scandinavia.. Hello, Finland cannot be the worst country in Scandinavia since it is not part of Scandinavia: Furthermore, the term Fennoscandia refers to Scandinavia, Finland and Karelia, excluding Denmark and overseas territories; however, the usage of this term is restricted to geology, when speaking of the Fennoscandian Shield Baltic Shield.
Denmark Constitutional monarchy with a Parliamentary system Norway Constitutional monarchy with a Parliamentary system Sweden Ceremonial monarchy with a Parliamentary system.
Oh, I got such a good laugh from this list. I know we are a crazy ass country, and well, I hate Finland.
I do not associate as one though. I did not have a good childhood and did not like most of the Finns my parents knew and only like a couple of my relatives.
Most hold grudges and are not loyal to family. Domestic violence was too common. And it is sad my siblings and I suffer from developmental trauma as a result.
No, the Finnish are not all good people and I believe much is kept quiet about that. It sounds quite beautiful after a while, but you have to train your ears since you always hear what an ugly sounding language is here in Sweden.
Finland is also a very relaxing place. But after a visit there, I come home being a dalai lama. I know what you mean Charles.
I managed to get by without many words when I visited Suomi. I cannot even speak Swedish so all I have is english to offer but somehow I did ok.
I found it very relaxing too. Living in Africa is a stressful thing, but there in Finland, it was peaceful and beautiful.
I visited my Finnish boyfriend in I took with me my 3 year old son. We are both South African. Visiting Finland was indeed a culture shock.
I was in awe at how different things are in Finland as compared to South Africa. Things are clean, well maintained and always on time.
The beauty of the region and the people is breathtaking. I have never seen so many white people in all my living days. It was very very weird for me not to see a person of African or Asian or even Indian heritage.
I see these people everyday here in SA so it was very strange for me and it was quite upsetting eventually as I missed seeing people of different races everyday.
The Finns are quiet, but friendly. I managed to strike up spontaneous conversations with a variety of Finns in my 3 week stay.
My son, who at the time was a typical South African toddler noisy, energetic, boisterous and very outgoing was quite an anomaly to the Finns.
They were quite fascinated by him as he looked like a Finn very pale skinned, blue eyed and blonde haired but he would run through the malls singing and skipping and shouting that he was spider man.
In stark contrast the Finnish children were so well behaved it was almost eery. They walked in silence behind their parents and did not make eye contact with passersby.
They were quite enamored with my freckled skin which I myself am not a fan of. I was offered pickled herring, which I tried but found quite overpowering.
He was quite skinny and petite for his age and she was worried he was too thin. He loved that syrup, I only wish I could remember what it was called.
Over all I fell in love with Finland, but sadly I did not feel the same about my boyfriend. We broke up soon after I returned to SA.
The trains are amazing and mostly people either cycled to where they wanted to go or they walked. I must mention that I visited during the summer so I do not know Finland in winter.
The average temp when I visited was around 10 degree Celsius. People in SA would consider that quite cold as they are used to an average of at least 25 degrees C.
I however found the temperature perfect as I get way to hot here in SA, even during winter as it is still a lot warmer than I would like it to be. Finland is wonderful and people are great!
I love spending time there specially in the winter! Not the mention the food. Finns are just as friendly and nice as all other Scandinavians! Maybe some Finns were completely lost in translation with this article, but I totally agree.
Finns only put the sauna on if the visiting person is a friend and he or she knows what is coming. If not, it is far more likely that it is indeed tee that will be made available.
There are many who do not enjoy icy water, and no one definitely expects anyone to jump in it. As far as the sports and small talk are concerned you are not far off the mark.
Small talk is something that we can do, if we pretend and practice it. It does not come naturally and you do not do it with strangers or when you do not have to.
Silence, honesty and punctuality are our defining features. Wife carrying and swamp football etc are basically phenomena made up by the media. But there is some truth in us being good only in our own sports.
We generally excel in sports that are only marginally popular elsewhere in the world, like ice hockey and cross-country skiing.
That does not hinder our usually very drunken celebrations of our achievements in them. This was one wonderful post!
Great sense of humor in my opinion — unfortunately you seem to attract some Finns with no clue what satir means or even worse, people who will loose their shit without reading one whole sentence after the topic line.
I think you capture Finland in a really funny and true way. As a Finn living in Sweden I really miss some of the things you wrote about.
Especially the saunas and ice-bathing. I also miss people being quiet sometimes. Even though I love chit-chating I sometimes enjoy just being quiet togheter with someone.
When I came to Sweden I was really uncomfortable with people hugging me all the time. Now I am used to it.
Thank you for your post and have a blessed Christmas! What an awesome post, Silvia! Yes, Finland is a wonderful country!
If you or anyone would like to learn some useful Finnish phrases, you are very welcome to: Although I appreciate a good conversation there is also gold in silence.
And it all boils down to only speaking when you actually have something to say. Everything else is just nonsence, distraction and takes your mind off whats important.
I am also really happy about naked sauna. We know all those airbrushed perfect models in magazines are fake because we know what people look like IRL.
It also normalizes our bodies in this oversexualized world and liberates you from being ashamed of your body. I can say that Finland is nice country, friendly people, and very warm.
The sauna and jump into ice lake is one of their tradition and culture so we have to obey and respect that. Each country have their own tradition and culture.
Not like other countries, especially Asia! I definitely come back in Finland very soon. I visited a year later after having toured Norway Sweden and Denmark which are beautiful, but as an american you certainly get the vibe that these are very homogenous countries, and they just ooze perfection, each in their own way.