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Finns are rather sporty

As a person from small town abroad, I enjoy living in Tampere very much in terms of sport life, because I like to do sports, especially winter ones as skiing and hockey and I like to do running to keep myself in shape. And I can easily do it here.

There are a lot of small and big parks with enough walking paths to do running, jogging or nordic walking. Also there are ice rinks almost in every yard. For skiing there are great places that are taken good care of, like Kauppi area as an example. It is pure joy to ski there. In my hometown, there is only one ski path in the forest and one ice rink, which are not always handled well enough 🙁 When my father visits me here, he always goes skiing.

When I go out running, skiing or any other activity I always see people training. And it’s great to see that any regular Finn can and does live sport lifestyle to some extend.
Once, we were waiting for our ship in Turku at 5 am and saw a woman running.
By the way, it was winter and quite snowy and cold day, by Finnish scale of course.
But it seems nothing can stop her from her morning running session.

Additionally, there are a lot of very young kids doing sports as well. They ski with their parents, skating like they were already born with ability to skate. When I go mountain skiing, I see also some very young kids going down by the slopes. They are so young, it makes me wonder – did they even learn to talk. But skiing seems easy for them, even if they are couple of years old only. It would be a shame if a few year old  boy or girl would overtake me on the slope 🙂  But I feel that it can easily happen, because Finns are good at sport and they are sporty from the very childhood. And it’s great.

No appropriate picture, so look at this one 😉

Free-time activities and attitudes in Finland

When finnish people are compared into practically any other folk it is easy to say that we tend to be on our own quiet space. It’s not always good for us but we just like to do it like that.

We can talk if we want to…but we really don’t need to.

I am not sure why we behave like this but reasons are probably buried somewhere to the history..and it’s always good reason to blame the cold weather when feeling a bit anxious.

However i dare to say that there is also relaxed and social side under this calm surface. Especially when this long awaited sun comes out and shines all-day and almost everyday you can find us from outside lurking around parks.


Finnish summer is full of different kind of activities and gigs and some of them are also free to join for anyone so there will be everything for everyone.

When people gather around to hangout together listening music and dancing then you can easily feel how we tend to loosen up a bit. It is easy to join a group as it is most likely that they’ll welcome you immediately.


There is nothing better than sitting in a park with a good posse, drinking wine and sharing stories. We love to hear stories from your home country so please tell us everything! We also like to know how do you feel about Finland.

My recommendations are that be brave and go to parks to meet out new people. Especially now when weather is warm and nice then it is easy to get connected especially with younger generation.

If you’re staying Tampere i would suggest that you start from Koskipuisto or Tullintori plaza.

Welcome and i hope you enjoy your stay!