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Finland, my homeland

There are four things that are important to me in Finland and those are security, nature, technology and quality of education. These things are also held in high regard in the Finnish culture.

Finland is known for the low corruption rates in the leadership and public sector and there is a high trust for law enforcement.

The quality of education in Finland is known across the globe.

The beautiful Finnish nature brings in tourists from all corners of the world during all seasons, especially to Lapland.

Four seasons.

With the Finnish economy slowly growing, more and more start-ups are popping up, mostly within the technological fields. New and innovative ideas are being born in Finland every year.

 

What to do in Finland? I mostly enjoy the summer time. We have a lot of outdoor activities like festivals and sports, if the weather is good (it usually isn’t).

During summers I spend some time at my cottage on the coast near Vaasa, enjoying the beautiful archipelago.

 

Vaasa archipelago. Photo: Jaakko J Salo.

 

During the proper winter (Jan-Mar) we will have a lot of snow and sub-zero degrees centigrade.

There’s a lot of sport activities that can be done during this time as well as walk on the frozen lakes.

The real Finnish stereotypes

Nature reserve in Southern Finland.

What is it like to live in Finland? For me it means clean air, quiet green forests, snowy fields and in the summer a sunny archipelago. I absolutely adore my home country when it comes to the peaceful nature where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the somewhat busy lifestyle. The weather isn’t that nice most of the time, but when it is, you really come to appreciate it and make the most of your time outdoors. You really come to value the little things living in Finland: a little ray of sun in the morning can make your whole day. Everywhere is pretty in the summer and people are beaming happiness. Or some of them, because it’s a common joke that it’s always either too hot or too cold. The Finns are pale most of the year but in the summer they turn red or if they are lucky, get nicely tanned and that’s how you have achieved the most important task in the summer.

Peace and quiet.

Finnish people are pretty quiet but if you start talking to them, you rarely get an ill answer. Still, do not sit next to someone in a bus if there are free seats, that’s one of the most important things you need to learn if you come to visit Finland. It will make everyone cringe. Being a Finn is pretty neat. You get ”free” education and monetary support to your studies from your government. Our education is great compared to other countries and our academic skills are well valued. It’s also really safe here. Top 3 biggest fears, at least for me, are being bitten by snake (which we have 2 kinds of which nether is deadly venomous and are only seen in the nature in summer), killed by a bear (which is really unlikely) or being stabbed (usually involves intoxicating substance usage and debts so for normal citizen this fear is also very unlikely) We really are proud hockey people and we always want to win the Swedish. Besides drinking milk like newborn babies and being coffee addicts, one of our biggest pet peeves is using alcohol – and usually too much of it. Still, I’m lucky to be a Finn and even though in the future I plan to live abroad for a while, I still want to live most of my life in Finland.

A colubrid snake in archipelago.