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What are Finns like?

Most of the people, even Finns, think that we are a introvert population. But really we are kind, hospitable, we enjoy other peoples company and laugh together.  http://www.visitfinland.com/article/what-are-the-finns-like/

But also, every now and then, we Finns need our own space and some alone-time. We might be shy people who don’t like or know how to “small talk”, at least some of us. I think the Finnish Nightmares -comic sums up the finnish mentality pretty accurately.  http://finnishnightmares.blogspot.fi/

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One thing is for sure that Finns love our home country and we are very proud of it. For example, the main thing we are proud of is nature. We have four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter (at least we used to have (thanks to global warming)).. http://www.visitfinland.com/article/greatest-things-about-finland/

And then there is the finnish traditional food, many different options, so good! http://www.visitfinland.com/article/iconic-finnish-foods-of-all-time/ Looks delicious, doesn’t it?!

One more thing I believe everyone links to Finland is the sauna. Ask any Finn, one best thing’s we know in Finland is a warm and bright summernight, calm lake, a cold beer or a soda and a warm sauna. And talking about shyness, for Finns being naked side by side each other in the sauna is a very normal thing, meanwhile for foreigners that might be the weirdest thing ever.

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Wild Wild Finland

 

To me, the meaning of being a Finn and also the term “Finnishness” are both all about being a part of the nature of Finland. I am still young but I have already travelled quite a lot and I have also been working as an international tutor. Interactions with foreigners have taught me that the image of a finnish person variates quite much. You can compare the personality of a Finn to the climate of Finland; There is a great contrast – cold winters VS. fairly warm summers, calm and rational VS. straightforward and hot blooded.  Naturally it depends on the fact have you personally met a Finn or not. A stereotypical Finn is someone who enjoys one’s own personal space and doesn’t care to talk that much. And is a drinker and very passionate when it comes to ice hockey. People are often rather shocked when they see that a Finn can actually form long sentences. The finnish language is difficult, now that is a fact. It is sad but true that finnish folk as tourists can be real thorns in the flesh; they’re loud, arrogant and very much drunk. However, usually harmless, just annoying. So no wonder why some think that the whole nation is the same (thanks guys, geez). Actually we are melancholic and just trying to hide our insecurities. Maybe. I do not honestly know.

However, Finland is an easy country to visit since we don’t have any special customs or manners that visitor could screw up. In other words, we don’t care as long as you don’t violate the public order and break the law. Finns have a strong sense of national identity because of the country’s history but they do not expect foreigners to know a lot about the country. We are still quite isolated, aren’t we?..

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(look me, hey there peeps)

 

Let’s get down to business~ (did you get the reference huh huh).

My favourite thing about Finland.

Seasons.

I want to think that those are part of this “Finnishness” since all the countries do not have so much diversity during one year. The summer might not be endless in Finland, but there are almost endless summer days and white summer nights. On a fine summer day, you can enjoy the wild nature and ((almost)) clear waters. After all, Finland is a country of vast green forests, Baltic Sea islands, windswept arctic fells and thousands of blue lakes (this sentence was provided by Travel Guide of Finland, please don’t sue me). Just don’t run into a bear. Please. That might get.. nasty. As the Land of a Thousand Lakes, a lakeside cottage is a huge part of Finnish summer. And when there is a lake, there is a sauna. Sauna is indeed a great part of our country’s heritage and culture. It is said to purify both body and mind.

Oh right, Midsummer rules!! Go barbeque!!

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Summer ends with an explosion of color in the forests. This is the season known as ‘ruska’. It’s the time of autumnal reds, browns and yellows, rain, ponds, worms and colourful wellies. My absolute favourite. “When the endless sunshine of summer gives way to dark winter, the Northern Lights appear like magic and lighten up the sky.” The Winter. The cold. And snow. No, rain. No sorry, snow. No wait, what..  Well at least it’s cold, okay!  Do you wanna build a.. Moving on. Spring is even shorter than summer. It’s okay. It’s green. And muddy. And maybe even sunny.

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Just a quick thing before fin(n)ishing this text (oh how rich I would be ..). Finland has a rather high standard of education, social security and healthcare that are all more or less financed by the state. Of course it’s not perfect but it could be worse. So that’s also part of

“Finnishness” I guess.

“Finnishness” in a nutcrack

Darkness, depression, winter, booze, quietness.

Unfortunately these words are common in the stereotype of finnish culture. There’s no smoke without a fire but I’m glad to admit that although many of those words do describe Finland, there’s more to finnishness than one would except.

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Here’s some other words that describe us aswell:

Light, honesty, sisu, friendliness, sauna.

We have nightless night, our nation is one of the most honest in the world, we have guts to not give up and keep pushing on, or as we say it “sisu”, people are not that eager to start making small talk, but when doing so, we are friendly and are said to be quite laid back personalities and above all: we have a lot of saunas.

Winter is very dark and we tend to be kind of melancholic at that time of the year.  Fortunately it’s possible to see the wonder of northern lights. Christmas is celebrated with family in most cases followed by New years eve, which is also celebrated with family or friends. So not that bad time of the year after all.

Summertime is the exact opposite of winter. Sun shines more or less around the clock and people are more lively with all the events, warmer weather and festivals not to mention the summer holidays and possibility to enjoy our thousands of lakes and summer cottages.

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All in all finnishness includes enjoying extremely happy/lively seasons and darker seasons when it’s time to calm down a bit. It includes quiet but friendly and honest nation that knows how to relax in a hot room all year around.