In my mind there is nothing more Finnish than a sauna. We have over 3 million of them throughout the country and you can find one from everywhere: every a
partment building, family homes, hotels and even our government building has one! The cool thing
about sauna is that once you go in, everybody is equal.
You can be any size , shape, gender or color and all you have to do is get naked and jump up on the bench with the others.
The one thing that always brings the whole Finland together better than anything else is
our national Ice Hockey team, or as we call them “Leijonat”. We have witnessed this
magical phenomenon where every person is the friend of the one next to them,
three times as we have won the World Championship. Every time people storm the streets and marketplaces to celebrate together. And for the official ceremony there are thousands of people becoming one.
Midsummer or “Juhannus” is
one of the only days in the year when Finland completely stops. Cities are empty, there is no traffic or
noise when everybody retreats to the cabins and nature to celebrate with their friends
and family. During Juhannus you enjoy the endless sun, and the warmth (if you are lucky) and just get in peace with yourself.it is my favorite celebration of the year and I’m looking forward for the next one already.