Category: Finnish traditions

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…



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…




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