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Finnishness

When I think about Finland and finnishness, first thing that comes to mind is winter, snow and nature. I’m originally from Lapland (hometown of Santa Claus) and I really like the real winter with lots of snow. Winter sports like ice hockey (especially when we beat Swedish), skiing and downhill skiing are important to Finnish people.  In Lapland, the nature is the most beautiful thing and many foreigners come to Finland to experience the Finnish nature. I’m happy and proud to grew up in Finland. Also sauna is a big part of Finnish culture and when I moved to Tampere, I didn’t have my own sauna and I really miss it. I completely understand why sauna is so important to Finnish people.

Finns are known as quiet and honest people who value their privacy. We are also hard-working, friendly and there is this thing called ‘sisu’ which means determination regardless of the cost and persistence.

All things considered, I’m proud to be a Finn.

Finnishness

When I think about Finland, the first thing that comes to my mind is nature and it has always been close to my heart. Most of us have grown near by forests and lakes. For Finns sauna, swimming, fishing and berry picking are part of the finnishness. Sauna is very important part of the Finnish culture. Many people have summer cottages (or like to rent one) and also visit there through the year.

Some say that Finns are qiuet and shy and it’s partly true. Usually Finns are honest and sometimes say out loud what they think. But silence is not bad thing at all, then we like to just relax and enjoy the qiuet moment. We also value our privacy and own space.

I have lived in Finland all my life and I am proud to be Finnish. As Finn, community, nature and traditions are important to me.

Finnishness

When I think about finnishness these words comes up: sauna, cottage, lakes, nature and winter sports.

Finnish people value traditions. For example sauna is a big thing in Finland and will probably be also in the future. Finns are humble and do not make noise about themselves. We appreciate every accomplishment. Finnish people also values privacy and personal space and that’s why young people are couraged to be independent.

My favorite things about Finland is definitely nature, sauna and winter sports (and of course people). Winter sports has had a big role in my life.

Don’t Worry Be Happy

When thinking of Finnish culture, it is typical to immediately think of snow, saunas, and drinking alcohol… and that is absolutely correct. I am an international student so I have the perspective of coming from a different background and have the privilege of comparing that to my experience in Finland. While the above stereotypes are true, what I have loved the most is talking to the Finns.

Typically Finns are known for not engaging in small talk, and while that might be the norm, when they do the conversation is always hilarious or interesting. Additionally Finns with alcohol become very social and talkative, and even magically get the skill of speaking English if they couldn’t already! I find the drinking culture here the most shocking because while it might be more excessive than other places, Finns no matter what are kind and considerate. I can see why Finland is one of the happiest countries, if no the happiest!

I value the Finnish culture

I like that it’s ok to be an introvert in the Finnish culture. I’m an introvert person and it’s awesome to live as a part of culture that does not look at me as a defective because of that.
The communality is not as dominate in Finland as it is in most of the places overseas.
Sometimes I just need a break of my own from all the sociality.

I’m pretty sure most of the Finnish people would choose sauna as one of the most important things in Finnish culture. I don’t know why it’s so important but it just is. I have lived about a year without sauna and I really miss it. If I could I would go to sauna every week. The best version of sauna is absolutely sauna that is warmed up with wood logs.
I have had an electric sauna always but our summer cottage has a “real” sauna and my husband’s childhood home has that kind of sauna too and it is the best thing there. It’s so beautiful to watch the flames dancing in the sauna stove. There are also little dim lights on the ceiling that makes it look like a starry sky.

Finnishness

My view on Finnishness is probably something that not a lot of Finns think about generally when talking about Finnish culture or might think of my opinion as an oddity: Communality. I’ve been lucky to find myself in communities that care of the others, whether it’s family, classmates, hobbies, friends or even the worst nightmare of a Finn, the neighborhood. Taking care and caring in general, committing and loving the people within the community. Showing the love in an abnormal way of calling those people assholes. Bits and pieces that make those small communities a big part in a Finns life. To me that is a huge part of Finnishness.

Despite what I just said, we still have that finnish mentality of ”Ei tartte auttaa”. No need for help, I will manage. I can’t say if that is just a Finnish way of living or is it a global phenomenon, but I find a to be a negative thinking pattern non the less. Help is something that I myself have learned to accept with an open heart and a thank you. Help is also something that I am willing to offer when I see an opening. And last but not least, it is also a topic that I will gladly bring up every now and then: That it’s not a weakness to as or seek help and you shouldn’t be afraid of taking the first step in requesting assistance, no matter if it is from your friends and family, a community or professionals.

You’ll find below a link to a short monologue on the matter from one of the greatest minds in Finland, Juha Hurme.