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A home all to yourself NEW
Way up North 2 Months, 4 Weeks, 16 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
When a Finnish teenager graduates from secondary school, they’re likely to sigh of relief and relocate to their first own place. Much the same as in any other country. What makes the Finnish first-time-away-from-home-r different from others, is...
The Stalking Finn NEW
Way up North 3 Months, 6 Days, 6 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
We have several words for stalker in Finnish. They all have a slightly different connotations, mainly varying in terms of the severity of the stalking. Vaanija and ahdistelija are the peeping Toms of this world, the creeps. But kyttääjä...
Crossing the road NEW
Way up North 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 23 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
I’ve discovered crossing the road to be quite a cultural thing. It varies between countries but also within. A few things apply everywhere in Finland. You wait for the light to turn green even if there are no cars around. Sometimes people rebel...
Ulkomaalaiset Suomessa NEW
Way up North 5 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
As part of the European multilingual blogging day, this will be my first post in Finnish – conveniently enough about foreigners in Finland Suomeen eksyy aina silloin tällöin ulkomaalaisia ja uskon, että mietimme kaikki yhtä...
On a minor note NEW
Way up North 6 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 46 Minutes ago
Yesterday a friend came over to my place, we invented cocktails, had a laugh and decided to continue the night in town. We went to a pub. It was a fairly typical fare, one you might find almost anywhere in the world. The bar teeming with intoxicated...
Autumn NEW
Way up North 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Autumn in Finland is something spectacular and totally my favourite time of the year...
The Finnish It NEW
Way up North 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 4 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
“Where’s Minna?” “It’s at work, I think it gets off around 4.” That’s an exact translation of a conversation I could have with my mother about my sister, an example of the Finnish it. Finnish 3rd person singu...
Travelling Finns NEW
Way up North 6 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 5 Minutes ago
Finns are a travelling bunch. We tend to think nothing of going on a boat to Estonia and Sweden, it’s becoming an annual tradition for quite a few people. And because of our long, cold winters, we occasionally feel an overwhelming need to see t...
Finnish cities NEW
Way up North 7 Months, 1 Week, 15 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Finland is famous for its nature, all those lakes and trees and all. It is a rather clever diversion tactic we employ as a nation to draw attention away from the fact that our architecture is a bit… bland. Now don’t get me wrong. We have...
How to take a compliment like a Finn? NEW
Way up North 8 Months, 3 Days, 5 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
There’s already a trick question in the title. Even though we give praise when it’s due, we find it hard to be on the receiving end. If someone did well at work, the chances are the they’ll mumble something along the lines of &ldquo...
Finnish children’s songs NEW
Way up North 8 Months, 1 Week, 7 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
One of my friends from Germany is pregnant and we discussed that it would be wonderful if the baby were to grow up with its international aunts and uncles. So we decided all to record songs from our countries for the baby. I decided to record Matkala...
Finnish weddings NEW
Way up North 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
I attended a lovely wedding last week – my best friend got married. It was also the second Finnish wedding I’ve ever attended, clearly I hang out with a terminally single/fine with cohabitation kind of crowd. But it allowed me to make som...
Finland – the branded version NEW
Way up North 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 6 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Finland has done a mighty fine job recently in pulling positive press. Mostly it’s related to the story about the maternity boxes BBC Magazine made. That got huge press, I just stumbled on a press clipping from Canada. So we decided to make the...
Suck it up and keep going NEW
Way up North 11 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 6 Minutes ago
Finns are a straightforward nation. We mean what we say, we do the work assigned without hassle. We’re not keen on admitting to our weaknesses, the general rule is to suck it up and keep going. I, however, came out recently with my fear of flyi...
Blogs about Finland NEW
Way up North 1 Year, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
I get a lot of comments from people who want to read about Finland and what it’s really like. And in the true Finnish public service spirit, I now provide you a list of good blogs about Finland I’ve come across. Life in Finland The blog d...
Finnish (misplaced) optimism NEW
Way up North 1 Year, 1 Week, 19 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
I admit, I thought our nation was a bunch of terminally pessimistic people with a tendency to always overlook the bright side of things. But this week has proven me wrong and it was the weather that brought about this change. Thermal spring has final...
Walking NEW
Way up North 1 Year, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Us Finns, we’re all country people at heart. And we’re built like country folk. So more often than not, we rely on our own two feet to get us from place A to B. Not everybody would walk from Hanko to Nuorgam but if a Finn a says “It...
Still world’s best at self-validation NEW
Way up North 1 Year, 3 Weeks, 20 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Finns have a small inferiority complex over our place in the world. We’re small, there’s not a lot of us and we’re stuck in northern Europe, next to that bloody successful Sweden and infamous Russia. As a result, whenever Finland do...
Mating rituals NEW
Way up North 1 Year, 2 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 16 Hours ago
Seeing as I’ve now somewhat come into terms with the fact I’ll make Finland my country of residence permanently, I’ve also resigned to the fact I’ll probably need to snatch myself a Finnish guy. But how does one do it? From al...
Languages NEW
Way up North 1 Year, 7 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 20 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
Finns take it to extremes with languages and our the number of languages we speak is generally met in awe anywhere in the anglosphere. Let me start off by recounting the languages I’ve studied in my life: I started English in third grade. Germa...