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.
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.
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.