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From warm south to the beautiful northern lights

One of my favorite experience of finnishness is definitely when i see the aurora borealis  or so called northern lights for the first time. I was only 6 year old then and now i am 29 year old, so 23 year later i still can remember how amazing it was! Several different colors and bright lights fill up the whole sky and the moment was breathtaking.

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When i was a child, i thought that every human knows what are those wonderful northern lights. Of course i also believed that Santa is real, but that is a different story 😉 Later on i noticed that those magically lights are pretty rare and some people even travel and pay a lot of money to see them.

A few while ago i heard that Asian people think if you want to have a baby boy, you just have to see northern lights. That sounds quite easy to having boy, right? When a couple wants to have a boy for a child, their have to travel here in Finland and their need to book a nice Hotel with a good view. Second thing to do their have to make sure when and where you can see it. Luckily, many Finnish Travel and Tourism agency sells different packages concerning travelling and northern light around Lapland. Having a good hotel with a great view should not be a problem.

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When those lights appear on the sky, hotel agent have to inform the couple and some case their need to wake up the in the middle of the night. Can you guess what happens next? Yes, their must make love at the same time when the sky is full of northern lights! Sounds very romantic. Chinese people are very superstitious, but i believe that in this connection they are right, cause the Travel and Tourism of Finland is rising up thanks to northern lights.

In my opinion everyone can believe in anything they want and I also imagine everyone want to make love under the beautiful sky (superstitious or not) <3

And if you believe enough, you might also see something else in the sky 😉

Greetings from sunny Tampere,

Taru

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The best things of Finland

I think Finland is a very beautiful and great country. I’m proud of my Finnishness and I like to live in Finland. We can seem quite silence and sensitive people but I think it’s only when we don’t know other people. With family and friends that’s not happening. We can have fun and enjoy of the company!

Nature

The best thing of the nature of Finland is cleanness. The forests are healthy and the lakes and sea are mostly clean. That makes everything so beautiful! I love being in nature. I can just go to walk to the forest and watch and listen things around me. In Finland you can collect berries and mushrooms where ever you want and also eat those as much as you like.

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In Lapland the nature is quite different. There are plenty of mountains and in winter time lot of snow. That is also very beautiful sight and you can enjoy of that for example by doing downhill skiing.

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Sauna

Finns love sauna and I do that also. We use sauna around the year. Many people have a summer cottage and there is always a sauna. So in summertime we go to the cottage and use sauna and swim in a lake or sea. That gets you a very relaxed feeling!

After summer when it gets colder we use sauna at home. Many people do that on weekends on Friday or Saturday. After the working week people relax by using sauna and maybe drinking couple of beers with it.

When we are talking about sauna I must mention also that in Finland it is completely normal to go to sauna with all your family and relative and many times you don’t need any swimsuit! Of course some people have ”women turn” and ”men turn” but not always at all.

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Holidays and celebrations

In Finland we have many holidays around the year but the longest and best ones are in summer and at the Christmas time. Those are the holidays when you can really forget the school and works and enjoy of the free time.

The high point of the summer is Midsummer. That is a feast when most of people go to some summer cottage and have fun with relative or friends. Midsummer includes sauna and swimming, good food and drinks, bonfire and maybe Midsummer dances. Midsummer is also the time when the Sun is up longest time in the year so the night is very light.

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The Christmas holiday is of course because of the Christmas. That is maybe the biggest feast of the year and Finns are spending it with family and relative. At the Christmas time all stores are closed and everyone is at home. We eat lot of good food, listen to the Christmas songs, give presents and just relax. In families with little children Santa Claus comes to give the presents and that is the high point of the evening. Christmas is very peaceful and I love it!

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The Christmas holiday is often still going on at the time of the New Year. That is a feast when we have lot of fireworks and we are celebrating the coming year with the friends.

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Emma Itäranta

Girl from the North

As a Finn and a Laplander the most important thing for me is the North and its nature.

I lived my younger years (21 of then to be exact) in Rovaniemi that is situated right on the Arctic Circle. My home city has been a cradle for Finnish tourism for centuries due to its unique location, the breathtaking nature surrounding it and the astonishing flow of the four seasons that cannot be found anywhere else in this country of ours.

In my youth I did not know what I had in terms on the luck to be living in a place like that. I got used to the flashing Northern lights that people fly all the way from Asia to stare at. Always having a skiing route, untouched forest, ice skating ring, slopes or a lake to fish in a few kilometers radius was an everyday thing for me. The winters where always white and so was the snow. I took these things for granted until I moved to the Southern part on the country. My conception on Finland and Finnishess quickly turned upside down.

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After spending a whole year in Tampere, the things that I had built my identity upon and held the most Finnish of all did not exist partly or at all.

The summer was sweet and hotter than ever but then again, the winter months where darker and wetter than ever and the ground was grey. The snow hardly came at all and quickly melt and froze again. The slippery ice covered the ground and black trees bent in the cold wind. Deep green spruce woods had to be traveled to and fort the first time I realized how differently people in various parts on Finland speak. When I talked about my family and our ways of life, it sounded somewhat exotic at times. The difference between the folks from the South vs North and occasional lack of knowledge was surprising.

I realized how privileged I was to had been to grow in such a place. I felt home sickness, not because of the people (since 99% of the friends I grew up with had already raised the switch to say and moved before me) but the surroundings, snow, silence, nature, the trees!

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Luckily quickly came the Christmas Holidays, it was time to head back to up North again. When I hopped out of the car and breathed the crisp wintery air, my laughs almost ached. ( I had gotten soft in the South…) But damn it felt good! I new I was home.

The pics are from my mothers place in Vuotso. It is another 300 km more North from Rovaniemi, which basically makes me a Southerner in their eyes 😀 As a teenager my mum could not get me there on weekends neither by force or bribe. Now, 10 years later (and as much wiser) I would kill for a day in the cabin. The distance made me realize the awesomeness of the Northern wilderness.

Its a way for me to reset myself and get in touch with my roots. My way endorsing my Finnishess.

– Milla Kuoksa / 14IBA