My Experiences of Finnishness

I love Finland.

I do really think that it is the best country in the world. There have been a lot of blog posts written about the beautiful lakes and forests, our drinking culture, our swearing words etc. I think they are an essential part of Finnishness. I decided to write my blogpost about the equality in Finland, since our beloved country is is one of the leading countries in the world in terms of equality.  Did you know that Finland was the first country in the world to give political rights to women? The year was 1906. I think that is great and makes me be even more proud of my home country. Long before Finland became independent (1850), the ideas of equality in Finland were born.

During the wars in Finland, when men were fighting in the battlefront, the women were working in factories, hospitals and farms. After the wars the women didn’t return home, they stayed in their workplaces which is why more and more women were working.

Finland has come a long way during the century in its equality “business”. Finland has had a female president and prime minister.  Nowadays Finland is discussing about breaking the gender stereotypes and the roles of men and women have been diversified. In 2017, the law of gender neutral marriage and adoption to same sex partners was come into effect. There is still lot to do in making Finland even more equal but I think we are in the correct path.

I am proud of my home country. I am proud for the equality that we have here. Last year (2017) Finland turned 100 years old. It was great to see the patriotism that the people of Finland have, no matter their age, gender, basis, history or experiences.

Reetta Pienimäki


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