What does Finnishness mean to me? I have been traveling around a few years in multiple countries and few things that I really appreciate in Finnish culture are trust and loyalty to each other and that I can proudly say I am Finn. Trust and loyalty appears to me in everyday basics I find that if somebody promises something to me it will happen or if I forget my personal stuff somewhere in the cafe, gym or bus, etc. I can be pretty sure that someone will return them.
I really appreciated that things work out in Finland and in my opinion, you really understand that when you live a moment somewhere else. Bureaucracy in offices, universities, or when doing business is efficient, for example, you get a quick response to your emails, calls, and questions. And talking about universities or education in Finland. I think that it’s cool that everyone in Finland has the same and equal rights to achieve their personal goals.
For me being a Finnish isn’t necessary being like everyone else or having as much common habits, straits, norms. Not all Finns consume a lot of alcohol, like to go to sauna, are quiet and moderate. In my opinion the topics given for this task are too stereotypical and more related to people who has actually been BORN in Finland. In my opinion anyone who has Finland in his/her heart CAN BE A FINN. I do not believe there can be a prototype or mold of a Finn because we all have our own personalities and backgrounds. A person can be a Finn regardless of national identity, lifestyle, cultural values, attitudes, rituals and customs and free-time activities he/she emphasizes. Being a Finn for me is sharing the same love and respect which you receive as an individual from the country to those around you.
For me the first thing that came to my mind was boring. Finnish people like the feeling of being secured and don’t really set goals too high. We are happy with what we get, not what we want. I guess we are used to living in such a secured environment that our only problem is that we don’t have problems, so we make them from nothing.
Second thing that came to my mind was sauna. Sauna is very important for Finnish people. Sauna is the most interesting thing Finland has and it’s a hot room where you sit with naked people and keep your mouth shut, because we don’t like talking.
We Finns love our culture and traditions. We have many beautiful things here in Finland, one of which is of course our nature. We have fresh air, thousands of lakes and plenty of forest. That is where out souls rest. I also believe that Finland is considered quite clean and pure country, mostly because of our nature.
Partying comes naturally for us Finns, some of our favorite events are Vappu, Midsummer and Christmas. We are of course very eager about Christmas and especially as we can proudly say that Finland is the home country of Santa Claus. Finnish people doesn´t have that strong a tradition of spending so much time with their families as there are in many other cultures. Although Christmas is time when families gather and enjoy the holidays together. It is very strong cultural and also religious event for us.
When I think about Finland, the first thing in my mind is the nature in Finland. Finland is a beautiful country with fresh air and clean waters and large forests. Finns have always lived close to nature and it is a big part of Finnishness.
Sauna is one of the oldest Finnish traditions, and sauna is a big part of the Finnishness. There are more than three million saunas in Finland with a population of a bit more than five million people. Sauna has always been a place to get cleaned both physically and spiritually. Sauna is a thing what all the Finns are proud of.
To me, Finnishness is about doing things properly, not half-ass, so that no one can say afterwards there’s something wrong or missing. We stick to the promises we make and mean what we say. We are not that great with small talk but if we say “let’s catch up later” or tell someone we love them, we mean it and take it seriously, which might be confusing when people are also held to what they say.
It’s a matter of honor for Finns to do our part; The most extreme proof of this is being the only country who fully paid its reparations from World War II. Those 300 million dollars in gold were scraped together by the hard work of men and women, which also describes the gender equality that we’ve been really working on for a long time.
This tutorial video is an amazingly accurate example of how we do things properly and equally. It exhibits Finnish (pre-corona virus) party culture from 2010s until 2020s. It is made by a Finnish journalist Timo Korpi and it gives you a nice glance of Finland’s cities, cabin-life and infamous cruiser ship trips, but also how we celebrate. Whether it’s a housewarming party, a summer festival, May Day, Midsummer or whatever reason worth gathering. It even has English subs, too!
First thing that comes in mind when I think about Finnish people and our culture is humbleness and self-reliant temperament. On my personal experience Finnish people don’t like to ask for help, at least not directly. At the store when you are trying desperately to find some exact product, the worst-case scenario would be that you need to ask for help. We try anything and everything before relying on others even though in some cases it would definitely be the easiest way. On the other hand the “Finnish humbleness” comes out in a really good way too. Finns tend to be polite and not too braggy or arrogant. We give others credit on their achievements before talking about our own. We also appreciate personal space so we give it to other people too.
Thinking about Finland as a country the things that come in my mind are the lakes, forests and a white winter in all of its magical atmosphere. Nature in Finland isn’t only beautiful, clean, and versatile but it’s also very appreciated among Finns. The appreciation towards nature is shown for example in a Finnish cottage culture. People like to spend time in nature, swim in clean lakes and enjoy steams in a Sauna (which is the most Finnish thing there is). In addition to cottage culture Finns like to spend time in nature in general. There are own sports and activities for every four seasons so the weather doesn’t hold Finns back when it comes to spending time in nature.
Third thing that came in my mind and one thing that I felt really proud of when I thought about my home country is amazing health care and good situation in equality questions. Women’s status in Finland is so much better than in many other countries. There are always ways to be even better but I think Finland is going in a really good direction. Also I have to give a big credit to Finnish healthcare system which is really first class globally. Everyone gets treatment despite of their social status and the doctors are very highly educated.
When I think about Finnishness and Finnish people the first things that comes to my mind are honesty, safety, modesty, and equal value. Although I think that Finnish people loves the feeling of security and comfort, I also think that Finns are hard workers (at least most of them). Finns also are down to earth and enjoys their own company. Personal space is also an important thing for Finns.
Finland is a very clean country. The air, forests and lakes are well-managed. In Finland almost everyone recycles and takes responsibility for keeping the country clean. People values nature and nature is such a big deal for Finns. That’s probably why so many Finns have a cottage somewhere near nature far away from cities. Also In schools’ children are taught to value the Finnish nature and spend some time in the woods.
Something I’m very proud of in Finnishness is the equal value and human rights. Finland has taken big steps and made such a huge progress in human rights and people’s equality. It doesn’t matter what your gender is, everyone has the same rights, and everyone are allowed to do the same things. Finland is a safe country, and everyone is equal. That is something I really love about Finland.
Nature, sea, lakes, sauna, salty liquorice “salmiakki”, northern lights, coffee, rye bread, four seasons, korvapuusti, Karelian pie, cottages, safety.. What else, however so many things comes to my mind from the word finnishness.
Sauna, the basic finnish thing. Many people think that Finns are little bit shy people, but in sauna they really are not. In the sauna everybody is naked in a little hot room.
Trust is important for Finnish people. They appreciate also their personal place but they also like to chill out with their families and friends etc. Finland is ranked the worldst happiest country.
Finland is also a safe country. It doesn’t have many dangerous natural disaster and it is also a safe country to live in.
Finnish nature – what a beauty! We can be really happy about our amazing nature. We have so many lakes and Finland is full of forests. I love to be in the nature, to walk a long walk in the forest, be by the sea or just see beautiful citys. Many finnish people has, ”mökki”, a cottage , where they will spend their free time. We can be also happy, because we have four seasons; spring, summer, autumn and winter.
I have always struggled with the fact that I’m only Finnish and both of my parents are from Finland. I have felt that something is missing in me because I have the passion of different cultures and languages. When I was younger I was little a shamed even of my Finnishness and I thought that I will move out of Finland the minute I turn 18.
Still I stayed here and I have learned to love my Finnishness inside me. I have discovered that I can always learn about new cultures and see the world by traveling. Now days I like to tell the positive aspects of Finland rather than the negative which I did a lot in the past.
I have spend several periods aboard and home is Finland to me. I still want to move somewhere for few years but I want to built my family here in Finland. I think Finland is safe and great place for children and you can always travel to get new experiences. The Finnish weather is unique because we have all the seasons. Summer nights are something that I love and there’s no other than midnight sun that you can’t experience in many countries.