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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.

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Jack Davies Finnishness blog.

Firstly, and most importantly, being Finnish is the consistent nature of failing in the great sport of football. Prone to letting the nation down but maybe one day that will change. Ok only joking.. but seriously

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In a completely, wild move from me I moved to Tampere, Finland with a city of around 250,000 people in 2018. Coming from London, a city of around 10 million people, and working on London Underground where more people travel through my station I worked every day compared to the city of Tampere, this was a complete shot in the dark and outrageous move to come to a ‘small and unknown’ country. No disrespect to Finland, a country who are stuck between Russia and Sweden, assumed to be Scandinavian, never even met a Finn in 25 years. But I was so wrong. And not just me, everybody I said im moving to Finland, people just thought it was where Lapland and Father Christmas was.

From being a proper Londoner I have somehow come to fall in love with Finland, the people, the nature, the culture, everything about Finland has given me a wider perspective on everything and what is important.

A first weekend I was given an introduction to the wild mokki, or cottage. Of course, there are two types, a party mokki or a nice chill relaxed one. Naturally for me this was a proper introduction to the open Finnish mokki. A beautiful setting on a snowed over lake in the middle of January 2018, the perfect winter setting. Jacuzzi, two saunas, lots of wood and 25 Finnish people. An introduction to the actual Finnish culture instead of the sober stereotype that they give themselves.

A group of 30 people, around 28 Finns and Englishman and a Frenchman. A recipe for disaster. The Frenchman drinking wine, casually. The Englishman guzzling beer like its going out of fashion and the Finns. Drinking booze like there’s just been a drought. Nobody hardly said a word to the two of us at first, the shyness of not wanting to speak English, soon changed and everybody couldn’t stop. The true side of Finns wanting to express their excitement of someone coming to a country they’re so proud of and so they should be.

First time in the middle of a frozen lake.

The first experience of a sauna was interesting, the feeling of wearing shorts in a sauna now seems so wrong. Being the odd one out first time to being one of the first in the sauna. The beauty of the sauna, the conversations it beings, the jallu, the jokes, laughs and sometimes tears depending on the people, running out into the fresh ice air, jumping into a summer lake, or a frozen lake. The feeling after is unmatched.

The people, despite being so closed, are still so open. It only takes a few jokes or words to break the ice and that’s it. The skiing slopes of Levi, Yllas and others with the views in the winter are outstanding. From looking out for reindeers to eating them, the taste when cooked is fabulous. The Finnish food, war food some would say is delicious. Sausage sauce and mash potatoes with rye bread is a must.

The beauty of the Finnish curse words, it just rolls off the tongue in such a great way, so laughable. The hockey culture and the growing football culture. I will never forget going to my first hockey match around Christmas. The direct translation of an angry Hockey fan from Finnish to English. ‘come on referee that was a dirty hit, hit him back, hit him back, cut him up like a Christmas ham’. The use of words was brilliant.

But finally, the student culture. Vappu, the overalls, different colours for different classes, patches for going to parties and the aim for some is to get as many as possible while completing their studies… and of course student events. So far I have not seen much quite like it. And I love it.

 

Finland is home, its free, happy, beautiful and that is why I never went back to London, and this is my home. A thank you to everybody who makes and made me feel so welcome.

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When I think of Finnishness a few words instantly come to mind; lakes cottage, sauna, nature and long drink. We even did social distancing before it was cool.

There are a lot of stereotypes of the Finnish people, mainly that we are shy, grumpy, humourless and cold. They might seem true to a foreign people visiting from a different culture. In reality I see this in a different way, we are not shy or cold, we just don’t want to disturb others. We are not humourless, we really value honest friendships, for new people we meet we might seem rude because we might not be the most talkative bunch but the key is getting to know us. Once we come to the conclusion that you are “worthy” of our friendship then you can see totally different side of a Finn, honest and loyal.

We don’t really take a lot of credit for our achievements and even belittle them. In my opinion we should be more proud of our nations and what we have achieved for such a small country.

 

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Nature and beauty of Finland

For me Finland is on its best in Summer time. In summer the weather in nice and warm that you can be outside and do many things in nature. Such as kayaking, swimming in the lake and and go to see all the parts in Finland by doing a roadtrip. As we did last summer. We went to a many kinds of different nature destinations and authentic  cityes in Finland.

Nature and lakes in Finland has always been the place to go and I love to live close to water. Im living in Tampere close to Näsinjärvi and Im taking the best of it! In summer time Kayaking is the one of the best things to do! You can go to some Island an spent a night in there or just take a one hour city tour by water. In winter time the best thing that makes you fees so alive is to go to Sauna! In Tampere here is two saunas close to center, where you can choose, and always go to swim in cold water when you do this thing. 🙂

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Sauna, icehockey, Marimekko, lakes, forests, the first of May, midsummer, independence day… There are many words that comes to my mind when I think about Finland and Finnishness.

There are no right or wrong answers to the question “What is Finnishness?”. There are a lot of stereotypes about Finland and Finnish people but for me it’s all about family, nature and history. We have a long history and i I think we should be really proud of it as a nation.

Our nature is beautiful, clean and versatile, we should always take good care of it. I know family is an important value in many cultures but for me it may be the most important thing in Finnishness. I am very interested in my own family history and roots. In addition, one of the greatest things in Finland is our free and high-quality education.

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Finnishness

When I think about Finnishness the first things that comes to mind are the dark and cold winters, short (but really great) summers and the sauna which almost every Finn loves. There is a LOT of lakes and forest too, so nature is a big part of Finnishness in my opinion.

Many foreigners think that Finns are really quiet, shy and reserved people which is partly true for many Finnish people, but once you get close with them they are loyal and pretty outgoing people. Personally I really like Finland and the Finnish people. I have travelled to many countries and to me Finns are pretty straight forward and honest compared to many cultures, which I really enjoy.

Finnish people also have this proudness of being Finnish and I think it has a lot to do with the history and the small population. In my opinion Finnish people have many reasons to be proud because it is a really clean, safe and equal country.

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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.

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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.

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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.