When someone asks me to describe what Finnish culture is, the first things that come to my mind are material ones such as liquorice, rye bread, saunas and Moomin. The more important things may lie beyond the surface as we might easily take those for granted. I’m talking about cleanliness, nature, education, healthcare and safety to mention a few.
For me, the most important things about Finland are nature and sauna. The Finnish nature is extremely beautiful and sauna is the best place to relax. I'm proud of my Finnishness and Finland will always be the place that feels like home to me.
This blog is about Finnishness – about what it means to be a Finn and the cultural aspects of living in Finland. As I have born and lived in Finland my whole life, it is only fitting I share about this topic from my personal experience and dive into my own thoughts based on what I’ve seen. I will focus a bit on the characteristics as well as some of the more traditional habits of Finns.
As a Vietnamese student who has spent two years in Finland, I can share my perspective on the notion of Finland being the happiest country in the world. While it's challenging for me to definitively declare this as true or false based on my own experiences, I can certainly outline what I believe defines the essence of Finnish culture and Finnishness to me.
When you have lived in Finland all your whole life, you don't really think about what it means to be a Finn. Life goes on without it. Still, it is really interesting to learn the differences between other cultures and human behaviors.