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Seriously though, just looking at this picture now makes me shiver. A post shared by Silvia Lawrence heartmybackpack on Jan 31, at Oh wait, this video is of your parents — or grandparents, or great-grandparents.
Apparently crazy runs in Finnish blood. Small talk is not a thing in Finland. You and your Finnish friend can just sit staring expressionless at each other in silence, totally comfortable.
Hanging out with a Finn is basically like the weirdest therapy session ever. Confess all your secrets to your silent Finnish friend while sitting naked in a hot sauna, and then jump in ice water!
What to Pack for Winter in Finland. Please, no country is that perfect. Clearly Finland got the creators of these lists drunk on Napue. And what lies between them?
Have you been to Finland? Do you have anything to add? And yes, this blog post is basically my version of a love letter to Finland — one of my favorite countries in the world and yes, of course I wish I were Finnish.
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I have to say, picturing you small-talking frantically is very funny… But poor you! Maybe you should come back some time and try harder to channel your inner quiet person… Would that work?
Next time I will try to embrace the quiet! The eastern parts are great to visit anyways — beautiful scenery and amazing people.
I love that combination as well — and it does seem to sort of have the best of both cultures! Haha, I loved this list!
I actually just browsed for hotels and tickets for Easter. That would be awesome! Laura, please do come. But make sure to wear down as it is freaking cold this spring belated, possibly neverending winter?
Haha, this was great. You really nailed it with climax and all, well done! Sorry you did not discover it….. Finland Only country to pay war debt back….
Hahaha this was hilarious! If you or anyone needs a couple of tips on how to communicate with Finns, check out my 5-step guide to communicating with Finns: When you jump into that icy lake after the sauna…listen to and feel your heart beat.
It slow to like 30 beats a minute….. Finland is actually on my list of places to visit. It sounds like it would definitely be an adventure!
Finland is great and we Finns can laugh at ourselves, unlike those thin skinned Norwegian ones or those cocky bastards of Stockholm.
The IKEA meat balls are nothing but cheap copies of the genuine meatballs, anyway. All the rest of the Fennoscandia can do the balls tastier than the rutabagas.
Go Denmark and go Norway! But hey, same goes both ways: Someone you can just shut up with. I am an American of Finnish ancestry.
Those characteristics described are common in American-Finns as well. Silence is not peculiar and small talk is avoided. Very nice it is too. I love the way the Finnish speak English with a sort of off-tilt American accent.
Having said that, Estonia is happy to refer to itself as Nordic too. Just had to reply. Still my Canadian friend told me that my speech sounds Irish?
Sadly things are getting down the hill here. The concept of Finnish honesty is kinda overrated when you see the ripoff prices.
They will just bump into you, or except you to read their thoughts if you are in the way by mistake. The schools could teach this basic manner.
The healthcare is going down the hill, and you are expected to go private despite you are paying for public healthcare.
They can literally rob you, and you are not expected to use any force to shoo them away. And, just a little part of the recent news:.
The figures in the article do not include sick days, family leave or business trips. During the autumn term he missed nearly half of a total of 59 sessions.
Another ten MPs can boast Stubb-like non-attendance levels — for instance, Greens MP Ville Niinistö also skipped practically every other parliamentary session.
When asked why, he told IS: Correction, one of the worst countries in Europe for following reasons. Finally, someone is hinting. Finns are just posting online how great the country is for tourists to visit but why?
Sadly, the country is going downhill for its continuous corruptions. But I do love Finland, and I am glad to call it home!
Yeah I love how whatever being naked in Finland feels. You definitely forgot to mention Finnish candy and food: Lovely, this is high class humor.
I am an old dutch man of 83, with a long visitors experience of northern Finland, as well as Sweden en Norway. I enyojed it very mauch.
Await further gacks to amsterdam. Ah, you know the old joke. There is a big storm, and the airplane is losing altitude, so the pilot says someone needs to parachute out.
We just came back from Finland after Christmas and loved the people, the food and even the dark! If someone bumps into you without apology it is probably a Russian.
Finland is an amazing country with great hockey players and warm and wonderful people! We will be back in the summer.
My Norwegian mother used to say Swedes were Norwegians with their brains kicked out…I never understood that but seems to be a Norwegian pastime.
My husband is Finn and he is also very quiet until someone opens the vodka and someone always does lol..
You really hit all of the things I love about Finland and why I have been there seven times! And why I want to retire there!!! Great text with sense of humour!
Have you ever tried Salmiakki?! It was the weirdest thing about the country. It is a sour somewhat spicy you can say confectionary that they consume a lot in daily life.
Even a Turkish guy like myself would not prefer that spicy jelly candies. Yesss I love it! Well, as a Finn I absolutely love the Scandinavians, they are absurdly easy to get along with.
Those manically tended, savagely tidy Swedish gardens give me the rash… And, well, the Russians are the other extreme, everything wild and chaotic and nothing really functioning very predictably.
So, we are a good combination…. Finland is not a part of Scandinavia! One thing common in all Nordic countries is that American cars are huge thing and subculture in all of them.
Oh that is strange! And oh my goodness the cars here are such a big deal! My boyfriend loves old American cars and always has to point them out to me, haha.
My friend was visiting in US a few years ago and found a public swimming pool with sauna department. There were a Finnish electric-stove Harvia in sauna and he went to sauna naked, without clothes, which is only right way to go to sauna.
With clothes on it is filthy and un-healthy. My friend step up and trowed water in to stove, like normally people do in sauna. Those weird Americans got panic about getting electrocuted and ran out screaming.
They call cops and accused my friend for sexual harassment and manslaughter attempt. Yeah, Americans are weird. Swimming on icy-lake is sissy version of rolling on snow without clothes.
Hahaha that is hilarious that everyone panicked. And I actually always thought rolling in the snow was the sissy version of swimming in the lake!
My maternal grandparents were both born in Finland. Came to America circa I grew up with sauna and listening to aiti and mummu speaking Finnish.
Mom spoke Finnish before learning English in school. Finnish idiosyncrasies are a part of me …. That is so funny. As an American I know exactly the type of people this refers to.
My family was always pretty open about nudity but I know it is not accepted in US public places. It is funny how we opposite views.
To me, being nude and your crotch sitting where others sit is completely unhygenic…I mean yuck. As a Finn this is a bit boring to read the same lists over and over again, but if it makes you happy… gasp.
The same thing often happens when I write about Norway — Norwegians really like to read about themselves. Ive lived in australia most of my life so feeel like a stranger Favourite finn regular saying.
Then I dropped down to the floor laughing out loud and could not read anymore but decided later to leave a comment instead.
The elementaries should get maps immediately, and if they already got them, someone should write some text on them.
And mark the scale used. It is also important to understand the coordinates, nautical miles, distances and projections used and the difference between two and three dimensions.
And it is scientifically proven Darwin really existed, but I guess it does not matter that much. Another reason why I did not read anything above is the fact I already know Finland is one of the crappiest places in Europe, if not in America, and I do have experience for almost 40 years of that welfare living back in Finland.
I just want to write something in English. As well I would like to do in German, Swedish and Spanish, as I learned them at school but never had to use them German, Spanish and English being optional, but had to choose some available language to start with, Swedish being mandatory for all Finnish speaking kids.
I know nothing about Norwegians though… nothing but they make jokes about Finns, like Finns do about Swedes and Swedes do about Norwegians.
And I know they are lucky bastards with their yummy salmon and they do think Finns drink a lot. I came back back to England to settle my affairs……..
I found Norwegians to be very similar to Finns. I met bunch of Norwegians in Latvia, the only difference was that they welcomed me a lot more quickly than a Finn would.
Although when we consume alcohol we are completely the same, we talk as much and behave just the same. Yes, you Norwegians fit the stereotype of being rich, specially when you compare Norwegians to other Nordics.
No matter, the gender roles were reversed and the very fine ladies bought me drinks. Excuse me these are lies! My mother is from Finland and I visit very often.
You do not have to go into the sauna naked, it is just cultural option. Also cross country skiing and ski-jumping.
And if you have been to Finland long enough, you will find it is a very nice country. You keep repeating that Finland is not a Scandinavian country.
Finland was part of Sweden for years and it was Scandinavian then? Swedish still is the other official language and the legislation is based on Swedish law.
What do you mean by Scandinavia anyway, the geographical area? Part of the northern Finland is Scandinavia in that sense. Otherwise, without any explanation, it sounds just plain stupid.
But you are not stupid, so please tell me. Otherwise I like your writing. Keep up the good work. I know, I sort of thought thought they would. Althoug you recognize that Finland is not even part of Scandinavia at the end, the headline is very misleading!
So, tell me how Finland having been years part of Sweden differs from the Scandinavian countries. Is it the language Swedish is the other official language , the law law is based on the Swedish law or the customs many of them Swedish too.
I have family members from Norway and Sweden and am eager to find out more. Please tell me about the differences! Scandinavian is first and foremost a linguistic adjective.
Finland differs from Scandinavian countries in that the Finnish language belongs to the Uralic language group whereas languages spoken in Scandinavian countries are Scandinavian languages of the Indo-European group.
There has been a lot of intermixing so the ethnic and cultural differences between nations are not so clear-cut, but the linguistic ones really are.
Learn your history man. I am Finnish born and was American raised in a very Finnish household. I always knew I was different from the other Americans….
And now I am a Swedes and Russians worst nightmare, a typical stubborn patriotic Finn and at the same time loud and obnoxious, even when not drinking, hehe!
This is so retarded None of these reasons made any sense I have lived in Finland for a long time and almost none of these are true also saunas are relaxing.
Saunas are for people that can appreciate the strong SISU that lies inside of all finns its not for everyone ;.
Finnish people might be little bit antisocial in a smalltalk way but they have great loyalty for the few people around them. Its about the quality of the friendship not the quantity.
I simply could not resist and I wrote my reaction. I am a Czech girl who visitided Finland for few months and now I am working in Finland.
I live in Finland. I love to live there. The best schools in the world, and free. Foreigners do not know anything.
The reason is that 1. All the kids can go to the best school in Finland coz all the school are equal. Even the disable child can get all the facilities what is needed for daily life.
People are equal 4. All the health cares are free. Every kids can go to daycare no matter if you are unemployment or not 6. All the citizens has a pension 7.
Lol did you even read any of this post or just the title? All the health care is not free! Good thing is that children get free healthy lunch in schools, mainly normal food not hamburgers and pizza!
I am a Finn and I agree about the small talk. It was similar feeling than you had naked in a Finnish sauna. Just when I was going to tell her that I was a little bit depressed because I had problems with my girlfriend the waitress left me with the menu.
But recently the American style of small talk has become more common in Finland. I am American living in Europe. But when in America, I worked in customer service.
I hate small talk but always asked how people were when I genuinely cared. I find it pointless.
Finland good only social this is olmostly the best but work money for living find work or social life zero.. Is only good for social but because is wery cold in total this is not reason to go there…better Norway or second Danemark..
Sveden hawe problem with refuge and economy but is better the Finland witch is last in scandinavia.. Hello, Finland cannot be the worst country in Scandinavia since it is not part of Scandinavia: Furthermore, the term Fennoscandia refers to Scandinavia, Finland and Karelia, excluding Denmark and overseas territories; however, the usage of this term is restricted to geology, when speaking of the Fennoscandian Shield Baltic Shield.
Denmark Constitutional monarchy with a Parliamentary system Norway Constitutional monarchy with a Parliamentary system Sweden Ceremonial monarchy with a Parliamentary system.
Oh, I got such a good laugh from this list. I know we are a crazy ass country, and well, I hate Finland. I do not associate as one though.
I did not have a good childhood and did not like most of the Finns my parents knew and only like a couple of my relatives. Most hold grudges and are not loyal to family.
Domestic violence was too common. And it is sad my siblings and I suffer from developmental trauma as a result. No, the Finnish are not all good people and I believe much is kept quiet about that.
It sounds quite beautiful after a while, but you have to train your ears since you always hear what an ugly sounding language is here in Sweden.
Finland is also a very relaxing place. But after a visit there, I come home being a dalai lama. I know what you mean Charles. I managed to get by without many words when I visited Suomi.
I cannot even speak Swedish so all I have is english to offer but somehow I did ok. I found it very relaxing too.
Living in Africa is a stressful thing, but there in Finland, it was peaceful and beautiful. I visited my Finnish boyfriend in I took with me my 3 year old son.
We are both South African. Visiting Finland was indeed a culture shock. I was in awe at how different things are in Finland as compared to South Africa.
Things are clean, well maintained and always on time. The beauty of the region and the people is breathtaking. I have never seen so many white people in all my living days.
It was very very weird for me not to see a person of African or Asian or even Indian heritage. I see these people everyday here in SA so it was very strange for me and it was quite upsetting eventually as I missed seeing people of different races everyday.
The Finns are quiet, but friendly. I managed to strike up spontaneous conversations with a variety of Finns in my 3 week stay. My son, who at the time was a typical South African toddler noisy, energetic, boisterous and very outgoing was quite an anomaly to the Finns.
They were quite fascinated by him as he looked like a Finn very pale skinned, blue eyed and blonde haired but he would run through the malls singing and skipping and shouting that he was spider man.
In stark contrast the Finnish children were so well behaved it was almost eery. They walked in silence behind their parents and did not make eye contact with passersby.
They were quite enamored with my freckled skin which I myself am not a fan of. I was offered pickled herring, which I tried but found quite overpowering.
He was quite skinny and petite for his age and she was worried he was too thin. He loved that syrup, I only wish I could remember what it was called.
Over all I fell in love with Finland, but sadly I did not feel the same about my boyfriend. We broke up soon after I returned to SA. The trains are amazing and mostly people either cycled to where they wanted to go or they walked.
I must mention that I visited during the summer so I do not know Finland in winter. The average temp when I visited was around 10 degree Celsius.
People in SA would consider that quite cold as they are used to an average of at least 25 degrees C. I however found the temperature perfect as I get way to hot here in SA, even during winter as it is still a lot warmer than I would like it to be.
Finland is wonderful and people are great! I love spending time there specially in the winter! Not the mention the food. Finns are just as friendly and nice as all other Scandinavians!
Maybe some Finns were completely lost in translation with this article, but I totally agree. Finns only put the sauna on if the visiting person is a friend and he or she knows what is coming.
If not, it is far more likely that it is indeed tee that will be made available. There are many who do not enjoy icy water, and no one definitely expects anyone to jump in it.
As far as the sports and small talk are concerned you are not far off the mark. Small talk is something that we can do, if we pretend and practice it.
It does not come naturally and you do not do it with strangers or when you do not have to. Silence, honesty and punctuality are our defining features.
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Have lived in Europe for 2 years. Despite the fact that many of them are well-travelled, they know nothing about human relationships or what not to say to another person.
Finland also had the happiest immigrants in the latest UN Happiness Report, so they hardly are the most xenobhobic people on earth. Yes Finns typically are introvert and need a lot of personal space but these are cultural differences.
The differences are there where ever you go, also in India. Thanks to the Internet — I know everything I need to know about your country.
You may be a wealthy country with lots of beautiful natural sceneries but honestly, that will not compensate for so many assholes per sq.
Nordic people are not sociopaths, lol. Live for some time in a Northern European country and try to observe and talk to people on their terms, maybe you will find a connection.
If you are not interested, just shut up! Finland is not the richest country in Europe, once it was one of the poorest. Your video is about the asylum seekers, not ordinary immigrants.
Europe got a wave of asylum seekers from the Middle East three years ago and Finland was among the top receiving countries, from Iraq especially.
The majority of the Iraqis got disappointed and had to return from Europe. If winter gets too heavy you can take a break in Canary Islands or Thailand.
However, Four major wars during the 20th century alone in Finland and around her borders, as well as many smaller ones for instance, c.
Both war-years and years after wars have been heavy for Finland. Finns have participated in at least 44 wars following the Viking Age.
Finland is often categorized as a Scandinavian country, because part of it is part of the Scandinavian Peninsula, and because of ethnic, cultural, linguistic and historical ties between Finland, Sweden, the Kalmar Union and Kvenland.
Furthermore, Sweden and Norway were born on a Finnic platform. If Denmark is Scandinavia, then Finland must be part of it, too.
As an American with Finnish as a background, I have visited one of the most beautiful countries on this planet not once but twice.
The first time I got this wonderful opportunity I was 19 years old. At this point I was self teaching the language to myself and anyone who would listen,for a few years.
When I first arrived in Finland I was in shock. I remember being on the small two engined airplane leaving Copenhagen, thinking about what to expect and what i just got into.
I started to panic a little for a minute. It was like a silent screaming in my head. I remember trying to focus on my face. Trying not to show any emotions.
Something silly, now that I think about it. It was one of the flight attendants. She walked up to me, she must of assumed I spoke Finnish.
She asked a simple question about wanting a news paper, I knew what she said but I choked. She smiled and gave the paper to me. At that moment, I realised I was going to be fine.
I needed to stick to the plan! The plan was all figured out. I only had to find the bus line. Ask when to get off and meet my first native Finn.
For what I lack in Finnish language, Finns speak wonderfully clear English. I am being modest.
She greated me with a smile and welcome. She then grabbed one of my bags and we started walking to her and her moms apartment.
There were very few words, but it wasnt weird. That was a strange feeling to be have, having been born in the USA.
I felt like I was sitting around with family. Enjoying each others company, yet having so many questions.
Granted this was my first bar I had ever been in and when I was carded i was not told to leave. I was so embarrassed trying to order. I think there was only two freaking choices of beer and I was still fumbling around.
Nonetheless, we got a beer each and sat down. I remember us talking a little. The evening was mostly looking around snickering at people and her telling me whats going on.
The next day I was jet lagged and slept till three in the afternoon. I was so pissed! Mind you, its January so the sun was up for like 5 minutes.
I didnt let the darkness stop me. I hopped on the train and rode it till I got bored. I got off near the city center in Helsinki.
Despite the ankle high snow, everyone was hustling around normally. This is where I got my lesson on Finnish drivers. They do not stop.
Niin, I could go on and on. If you made it this far, Kiitos Paljon. Thanks much My point of sharing my story is to hopefully show someone out there that its possible and pretty painless.
I really want to come to Finnland. I want to touch my roots! Would I be welcome being from America???? Haha, I was taken aback for a second and HAD to read this article, if only to figure out if the title was serious.
Such awesome points made. Although I have to admit, Finnish language IS terrifying. That you can say completely unironically, Finns will totally not take offence.
We know the language is absolutely ludicrous! I live in Finland and I laughed at this post so much. This is Why I get so frustrated When talking to Americans!
Finland is NOT a Scandinavian country. I love seeing Norwegians and Swedes getting offended and being almost in a panic when Finland is of course mistakenly called Scandinavian.
There is an undeniable disgust in both of these countries for Finland based mostly on obsolete, stereotypic conceptions of Finnish people.
What characterizes the Scandinavians, is that these countries have had a common history that includes lots of wars, and the borders have been changed god knows how many times according to that.
There are for instance no such thing as Finnish vikings. They share history with the Baltic countries, and would also been part of the old USSR if Stalin had gotten it his way back in Even not belonging to Skandinavia, Finland shares lot of common history, wars etc.
More than with Baltic countries. Finland is not Scandinavian — not its people; not its culture; not its language.
Part of it lies on the Scandinavian peninsula, but that is a geographic characteristic that carries practically no cultural weight.
I know Finns who have very little patience for being called Scandinavian. I would change the title of this blog post for that reason alone.
Funny how deeply most of them want to make statement that it not part of it. When we speak about Scandinavia. It can be Scandinavian peninsula or Scandinavian languages.
If we speak about peninsula, where name comes from Scandinavian mountains, then its Norway, Sweden and Finland where those mountains are. Finnish language is different than Scandinavian, but Sweden is also Official language in Finland.
I just dont know why Finnish are so eager to deny Scandinavian heritage. Nearly everything mentioned is why I love the Finns… Spent about 6 years in and out of there…was married to a Finnish woman.
Great to visit but unless your born into it or rich, it is a hard place to get truly adjusted to. Finland might not be part of Scandinavia, but it is part of a region called Fennoscandia.
That name reminded me of something. The Karelides used to be the same height as the Alps, but erosion eventually turned them into fells tunturi.
The more you know. I lived in Finland for about 2 years while working with a band from Helsinki well, where else in Finland could they be from.
The only things that really got me were…. These kinds of blogposts are pretty much a cause for a national holiday. Especially the small talk. My first date with my husband, years ago, I laugh about now because he said nothing.
And then I told him my life story. May I ask you what do you think about the situation that there are almost only two big grocery chains to buy food in Finland?
A finnish competition situation is not a monopoly but it is a duopoly. Lidl should definitely have bigger market share because it would increase competition and decrease food price in Finland.
As a finn I think that is one thing which is very badly in Finland but I think the most finns are happy with situation. Everywhere else in Europe people would allmost riot if they had similar situation but not in Finland where people are pretty passive anyway.
It makes food very expensive to buy in Finland because there is a lack of competition. Finland is also the country of monopolies concerning many businesses.
There are many industries which are not allowed to have competition. For example gambling, gambling is only allowed to be organized by state owned company called Veikkaus.
Pharmacies also are not allowed to have competition between each other. Taxi business was allowed to start competition 1. Until that day it had allways been strictly regulated by state and the laws.
Regulating taxi businessess is as stupid as if the state of Finland regulated who is allowed to have a barber shop.
Im the weird finnish girl.. I have chocolate brown hair and i smalltalk and i honestly just simply talk always. Sometimes i even wonder if im really finn.
Finland is amazing, quirky and incredibly interesting. Either way, safe travels and lighten up. I stayed in the Helsinki metropolitan area for almost a month.
I loved the beautiful scenery, the forests and the lakes, and the clean air. Plus, the system really works. I tried not to sit beside a Finn in the buses and trains and I tried not to talk to them until they talked to me.
But seriously, how does one make friends that way? I stayed in a common working space and none of the other people there ever talked to me. No one asked my name, what I was doing in their office, whatsoever.
Had the tables been turned, I would have at least introduced myself to my new officemate and sincerely yes, I mean it!
Finland is expensive, and lots of things are inconvenient. Shopping malls close early even on weekends. We are Lithuanian and sometimes considered as Nothern Europeans.
Not Nordic, just Northern. Wait… did you know Finland Suomi-jaa used to be a Baltic State? And then they became a 16th Soviet republic!
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Inside My Camera Bag: Enter your email address Also finland is not really part of scandinavia, so.. Haha yeah, I figured a lot of people would be itching to inform me of that!
I was about to tell this too, but I see my partner in crime already did it! Hahhahah, this post is so on point, love it! Like, if it had mountains I would totally leave Norway for it.
And, just a little part of the recent news: Aah I feel you on the memory thing! I would love to be able to speak some Finnish.
As a captain obvious I must say: Proud of my Finnish heritage. Will get there one day. Not everyone has read this. Did you meet any swedish-speaking finns?
Is it bad that your article makes me sort of want to live there? I scrolled down to the title picture saying Finland is located in Scandinavia.
As well I would like to do in German, Swedish and Spanish, as I learned them at school but never had to use them German, Spanish and English being optional, but had to choose some available language to start with, Swedish being mandatory for all Finnish speaking kids I know nothing about Norwegians though… nothing but they make jokes about Finns, like Finns do about Swedes and Swedes do about Norwegians.
Oooh good, haha, SO many people have misunderstood this post and gotten angry at me for it. Finland was also part of Russia over years!
Denmark Constitutional monarchy with a Parliamentary system Norway Constitutional monarchy with a Parliamentary system Sweden Ceremonial monarchy with a Parliamentary system Nordic countries: Until next time Suomi, see you soon again my friend!
Born in America, but heart is in Finland with the ancestors. I would love to go back to Finland someday as well as visit the Scandinavian countries.
I know its satire but a few corrections nonetheless. You should visit in summer! These things are normal to us finns, stop insulting our culture.