Category: Finnish traditions

Letters from Santa Claus: he starts charging in Finland

Some time ago we wrote a post about how to send letters to Santa Claus and his address in the Finnish Lapland. And we commented that one of the great things about that system was that Santa himself responded to you and it was free. Unfortunately, Santa Claus has begun to charge for writing back. View this post on Instagram New series! #BigInFinlandFeatures We feature…



Public Saunas in Helsinki (and Finland’s oldest)

If you go to Finland I’m pretty sure you’d like to go to a real Finnish sauna. If you never visited one we encourage you to try this Finnish tradition – and this enjoyment – because, if there is a word in the Finnish language that has consistently made it abroad and you already know, it’d be “sauna”. Imagine the cultural significance behind this achievement….



Finnish women make marriage proposals on February 29th

Romantic relationships amongst Finns are something we already looked at from different perspectives. For instance, we talked about the Winter Relationships – boyfriends or girlfriends that last only for the coldest months of the year -, and we’ve told you about the “Carrying the wife race” competition. Following this line, we want to introduce you to another – quite cool in my opinion – Finnish…



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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