There are many things to be proud of when thinking Finland or Finnishness; school system, health care, safety, equality, honesty … And of course, the nature of Finland and the sauna!
In Finland we are happy to have four different seasons of the year. They all are very special and have their own perks.
December to February
-30’C – 0’C
White activities; downhill and cross-country skiing, ice-skating, ice-fishing
Christmas and Santa Claus
March to May
0’C – +10’C
1 of May – Vappu
Grass growing and the leaves bursting forth
June to August
+15’C – +32’C
Endless summer days when the sun doesn’t set
Relaxing summer cottage life
September to November
+2’C – +15’C
Colourful leaves, “ruska”
Cozy evenings, hot drinks, candles, books, movies
“Build the sauna, then the house”
The Finnish sauna is a big part of Finnish culture. There are over three million saunas in Finland – so an average of one per household. I have heard that there are more saunas than cars in Finland! Another fun fact – even a Burger King located in Helsinki has the world’s first in-store sauna and spa.
For Finnish people sauna is a place to relax, socialize, have a couple of drinks and enjoy. Many Finns who have the opportunity usually take a sauna at least once a week. There is no matter what season or time it is, you can always go to sauna.