In this blog post, I want to talk about why Finland is so unique to me. It's my home, and there are certain things about Finnish life that stand out. I will explore the elements that define Finnishness in my opinion.
Finland is the hidden gem of Europe. Here you can experience all four seasons, the beautiful Lapland, and go to sauna as much as you like but don't let 5 minute summer, seasonal depression or brutal honesty bum you out.
Finnish culture is tightly intertwined with the country's natural landscapes, offering a unique lifestyle rooted in the traditions of the great outdoors. Pitch-dark winters, nightless summers and forests in the middle of it all are my favorite part of my country.
Finnish sauna culture and all it's traditions are very unique. In the past people have used saunas as treatments to diseases, given birth in them and even dried grain in the sauna. Back in the day people believed that in every sauna, there lived a sauna elf or spirit. Although transformed more into modern time saunas still hold some of the old times spirituality and superstitions.
If we ignore all the subjective stereotypical "Finnish things", being Finnish boils down to a certain mentality, which we tend to share in common. I would describe it as this "I should've seen this coming" attitude, but not exactly always expecting the worst. Which also can be quite usual.