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. I am currently doing my Erasmus in Porto, Portugal, and the time here has made me appreciate Finland and Finnish culture even more.
Firstly, the nature in Finland is something else compared to other countries. Lakes and forests are everywhere, and it’s not just about the nice views. There’s a practical connection to nature that’s just part of daily life. I love to spend time in the forest and in the lakes.
Then, there are these Finnish cottages in the woods. They are not fancy cottages but the feeling and vibe inside the cottages is wonderful. Whether it’s fishing, picking berries, or just enjoying the quiet, these cottages are all about simple living and spending time with family and friends. I feel like every time I go to my cottage it is easier to calm down and focus on the moment.
The sauna is a big deal here, too. It’s not just a hot room; it’s a place to unwind and connect. You’ve got the smell of birch leaves and the crackle of the wood stove—in my opinion, it is a definition of real moments in peace.
Finnish people are known for being friendly and polite. It’s not just in the big cities like Helsinki; even in the small villages, there’s a sense of community where people help each other out.
So, when I think about my experience of Finnishness it is beautiful nature, cottages, saunas, and the friendly community vibe.