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Finnishness

Finnishness to me is about the bigger picture. It includes the humble Finnish people, monotonous language, the culture and the pride of being a Finn. A typical Finn is usually pretty introvert person until you get to know him/her. Once you got to know a Finn personally they are really open, warm and talkative.

 

I believe that one cause to the “shyness” comes from the language. Finnish language is monotonous and it makes other language’s words harder to pronounce unless you’ve used to be in interaction with them. If typical Finn from street starts to speak English it’s normally basic “rally” English. If you’re wondering what that sounds here’s a sample from rally driver Gronholm himself:

 

 

The culture is hard to describe. It’s something that you really need become part of. Finns might not be the most outgoing sort but they always have something weird to do or in this case eat. Finns have few really delicacies; mämmi (rye pudding), mustamakkara (black sausage), salmiakki (salty liquorice), ruisleipä (rye bread) and karjalanpiirakka (Karelian pasty). These are a-must-have treats to taste if you’re planning on visiting Finland.

 

Finns take pride being true to themselves. They think they can do everything by themselves and will not ask for help unless it’s necessary. If you see a Finn fall down or working on a hard project – I ensure you that the Finn will work it’s tail off pretending that everything is going well and stuff seems under control even thought they might be in deep trouble trying to keep face. Asking for help is big step for a Finn.

Finland is country of thousand lakes with lots of forests and great nature. Finns have great opportunity to escape to the nature and possibly go relax to cottages with their closest ones which is great feature in this time of technology. In the summer Finns like to spend time on the waters or beaches and eat great barbeque food. This is Finns best time to recharge batteries and collect thoughts.

 

Finland: the fastest nation in the world

Finland has a specific kind of reputation in motorsports. We have successful Formula 1 drivers such as Kimi Räikkönen, Mika Salo and Mika Häkkinen. Finland is also a home of great rally drivers like Marcus Grönholm, Tommi Mäkinen and Ari Vatanen.

Kimi Räikkönen
source: https://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimi_R%C3%A4ikk%C3%B6nen

What makes Finns so good at motorsports? I blame the narrow forest roads, the Finnish sisu and long distances at the countryside. Also challenging road conditions in winter surely play a role in this.

Many Finns get their driver’s license immediately when they turn 18.  In the countryside, it is almost a necessity. You can’t get almost anywhere without a car or a ride from a friend or a family member.  Therefore, besides a necessity, cars are a common hobby in the countryside. Young guys (and girls!) work on their cars in the family barns, tractor halls and so on. Even underage children might have an old car they drive around in the hay field or on the ice of frozen lakes and repair themselves or with help of  parents, friends or older siblings.

Ice road racing. Source: https://www.vrcf.fi/foorumi/index.php?topic=3227.75

In the cities, an own car isn’t such as necessity as it is in the countryside. However, it makes life easier in many ways: moving, shopping trips, road trips, and going all the way to the other side of the city are only a few examples. Many “city kids”, including myself, are also fascinated about the technique of engines and the idea of driving fast. The city just doesn’t offer as many possibilities to work on cars and drive them fast (legally) as the countryside. In the city centre it’s rare to have a garage, and even in the suburban area the garages are usually only big enough to drive the car in and out. Luckily garage space can be rented solely for the purpose of working on cars.

Whether you live in the city or in the countryside, cars and motorsports will always be (At least for some) a part of being a Finn.