We have four very specific and very different seasons. And thousands and thousands of lakes (according to finland.fi, 187888 lakes to be exact). It’s definitely beautiful and Finland is known for its nature. And as a Finn, it means a lot to me. I can just go into a forest with no worries and I’d find my way around (you definitely can’t just go into a jungle in India or to a forest in Texas) and all the nature is just there for everyone to share and to enjoy. It changes and dies and it always grows back and it’s so fresh and so green. In Finland everyone definitely should make a huge attempt to go and enjoy the nature. Go to a cottage in the middle of the forest with no running water and try to see what it really feels like to be in the midst of nature. Everyone I’ve ever asked have found it really peaceful and even cleansing or detoxifying. Culture today is so busy that most people forget to appreciate the simple things around us like nature and fresh air. So I definitely identify nature to be one of the most beautiful and typical aspects of Finland and being Finnish.
(Lack of) Small Talk
Another thing that I identify as typically Finnish is the lack of small talk. Finnish people don’t typically have an appreciation for talking around things and exchanging “useless” pleasantries (like what is very, very typical to American culture). It’s not something Finnish people do. I’ve found it strange after living in the US that people didn’t actually want to talk about general small talk things with me. I’ve learned it to be polite to discuss general things like the weather and my own plans with people that I’m conversing with in a professional manner or just to talk to them. So being Finnish means skipping all the “useless” stuff and getting straight to the point. It saves lots of time for sure and might make it easier for some people to communicate.
Finnish people are the biggest coffee drinkers globally, according to the International Coffee Organisation (ico.org). I didn’t actually drink coffee until I was maybe nineteen and I didn’t really think about drinking coffee being abundant or odd until I moved to other countries and realised that the people who live there don’t drink coffee as often as maybe my family or extended family or friend’s families did. But according to nordiccoffeeculture.com, Finns are “the übermensch of global coffee consumption, a society so saturated by coffee that the market is literally maxed out”. Apparently we couldn’t drink more coffee even if we tried. So being a Finn definitely means enjoying a cup of coffee a couple times a day as I’ve witnessed so many Finns do. Maybe we just aren’t as easily affected by caffeine as a nation or maybe evolution has made us that way (I know my parents drink coffee quite a lot as well).