Monthly Archives: December 2020


Finland has now been chosen three times in a row as the happiest country in the world, but what does Finnishness really mean? I have lived all my life in Finland and for me, Finnishness means many different things. One important thing about Finnishness is nature. Nature is always close, and Finns love the peace of nature. There are more than 150,000 lakes in Finland and there are forests everywhere. In summer, almost all Finns go to their cottages to enjoy their holiday. We have four real seasons, so the weather varies a lot throughout the year.

You can’t talk about Finland without mentioning the sauna. Sauna culture is part of Finnishness and almost every home has its own sauna. Sauna is for everyone and it is a place that will heal your body and soul. After the sauna, you can jump into the lake for a swim or even roll in the snow.

As a final point about Finnishness, I want to highlight Finnish people. Finns are often said to be honest and kind. Finns like silence and appreciate their own space. Because of this, many foreigners may find us a little shy. Finns are also proud of our country, Finland is a beautiful and safe country, and our education system is one of the best in the world.


As a guy coming from South of France the first shock coming to Finland was the people, always nice, warm and eager to help you.  Something I’ll remember for a long time, when I first met TAMK social counsellor in person, I asked her if it was possible for her to keep one of my luggage until I move in my apartment and she said yes in a blink of an eye, I had never seen that before and that’s one nice event among many others. I met a lot of great Finnish friends.



Another thing that surprised me was the nature, where I live, the trees are quite orange and brown because of the heat and there are not that many forests, but here, lakes, forests, green tree everywhere you go. It gives the impression to breath fresh air even when close to a road. No need to drive couple of hours to feel like you’ve travel, a 5min walk is enough to bring somewhere else.




Finally, Finland wouldn’t be Finland without the saunas. There are saunas in student housing and they’re almost always booked. Going to sauna in France and going to Sauna in Finland is quite different, Finnish people bring a beer or another drink inside and play games like Taxi bussi. Sauna feels definitely warmer in Finland.