What finnishness means to me?
For me being Finnish means getting automatic priviledges. I can get education for free, I get good healthcare for free, I get benefits from the government et cetera. When I tell my foreigner friends how I live alone, they automatically think I’m rich. For them it’s such a strange concept to actually get money for living alone and studying instead of paying thousands of euros for them.
Finnishness for me is also the silence our nature provides us. The endless nights of summer, the thousand lakes we have… It also means us being a little reserved towards strangers but whenever you get to know us we have warm and loving hearts.