Category: Finnish traditions

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…



A letter to Santa Claus: how to do it and his address

When you want to write a letter to Santa Claus, you have to take into account that he is a busy man. We all know he lives in Lapland, specifically in Rovaniemi, where you can go and visit him in his office. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus in their Lapland house. Source (CC: by) If Lapland is too far away for you this year, but…



Glögi: hot spiced wine in Finland

Jouluppuki (Santa Claus) is coming to town, and adults in Finland warm their bodies and hearts with Christmas markets, lights in the streets and some hot beverages. We will talk about one of these beverages today: the Glögi. What is Glögi? Glögi is one of the traditions of Finnish Christmas. It is an unknown beverage in Southern Europe (Hot wine? With spices? Nobody ever dared…



Juhannus: Midsummer in Finland

Juhannus is closing up, and if you are in Finland, chances are that you already have a plan for what to do. What is Juhannus? Juhannus is the longest day of the year. You can say that this is the second biggest holiday – head to head with Vappu – for the Finns, after Christmas. The longest day of the year, Juhannus, looks exactly like…




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