Category: Curiosities

Takatalvi – when the winter is back during Finland’s spring

Where I am from we have an idiom. I’ll write it in Spanish: “hasta el cuarenta de Mayo no te quites el sayo“, which translates to “until the 40th of May, don’t take the coat off”. Yes, May doesn’t have 40 days, but if you say “June 9th” it doesn’t rhyme. Anyways, in Finland – with the same spirit – they have the Takatalvi: the…



Personal space in Finland (compared to other countries)

It is well known that personal space is sacred in Finland. If you have been in the country and have not seen a bus stop where each person is at least three meters away from the next, you haven’t been in Finland long enough. And this happens under rain or snow – literally. Perfect illustration of the phenomenon. Source: reddit. But does this happen only…



“Drinking alone at home in your underwear” and other Finnish emojis

The Finnish Tourism Agency knows what it’s doing and has released an emoji for the Finnish word: Kalsarikännit, which is quite unique and does only exist – as far as I know – in Finnish. It means “to get drunk alone at home in your underwear”. The Finnish Emojis The Finnish government promotion agency (ThisisFinland), which is part of the Communication Department of the Ministry…



The Heavy Metal course at the University of Helsinki

It is said about Finland that it is the country that has the most Heavy Metal bands per capita in the world. It’s a fact that I still have to check, as well as find out more about which other countries are at the top of the hypothetical ranking for a future post. But in the meantime there is a development in this part of…




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