Category: Curiosities

The standard of Finnish morality

What a grandiose headline that is. But it’s worth checking out what is allowed in a society and what is not, and since Finnish society has its own particular history and setting, it’s a good topic to delve deeper into. Here we go: into the Finnish morality. On the Spanish version of the blog, we often compare Finland and Spain. Sometimes Finland wins, and sometimes…



House slippers in Finland: the Reino

We know that Finns remove their shoes and footwear when they enter a house. Like this, they avoid bringing snow into the house that will eventually turn into dirty water puddles. This mere practical thing turned into a habit with time, and now they feel more comfortable without street footwear when they are indoors. But that doesn’t mean that they go barefoot or with socks,…



Finnish swearwords – a list of profanities you shouldn’t know

Last week we had the day of the Finnish culture and Kalevala, and in a month or so (9th of April) there will be the day of the Finnish language. Let’s celebrate these days with some Finnish words – but some that are a bit polemic: swearwords in Finnish. This porcupine swears a lot in Finnish: it is a character in a Finnish comic strip….



No shoes at home in Finland

Not only Japanese people remove their shoes when they walk into a home: Finnish people do so too. To everyone who isn’t used to remove their shoes at the entrances of the houses – like me – this is quite shocking. I went to Finland at the end of a summer, and it was then when I learned about this tradition. I must admit that…




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