Finnish sauna culture

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.

A sauna is a place of silence and healing, but equally it is a part of shared lives of people. You can go to the sauna to enjoy silence and sit alone with your thoughts or read a book.  On the other hand you can throw a loud and alcohol-infused parties in the sauna for your friends and family. Both options are equally accepted and appreciated.

The saunas healing benefits are still recognized today. People who spend a lot of time in the sauna stay healthier than those who don’t go to saunas or go rarely. It helps relax sore muscles, lowers your blood pressure, reduces the risk of heart disease, increases life expectancy, helps with sleep and lowers stress levels.

Saunas are an essential part of the Finnish culture. There is almost 98% of Finns that visit the sauna regularly. That’s an amazing number that doesn’t have a match anywhere else. There are over three million saunas in Finland. Almost every Finns have a sauna in their private home. It’s also very common for apartment complex to have a sauna in the basement which all occupants have the right to use. Usually, Finns have their weekly sauna slot every week.


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