Finland is sauna and sauna is Finland. It is the only Finnish word that has been incorporated into other languages (it was not, of course, going to be the longest word in the world – lentokonesuihku-turbiinimoottoriapumekaanikkoal-iupseerioppilas -, which is also Finnish). The positive effects of the Finnish sauna (the 90-something degree Celsius sauna, not lower temperature saunas or Turkish baths) are well known: they help…
Tag: Finnish Sauna
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….
The sauna is a place for relaxation in Finland and abroad, and one of everybody’s favorite parts of traveling to Finland (myself included). We can also see that saunas really are something that stretches “abroad”, as evidenced by the fact that sauna is the only Finnish word that has been widely adopted by other languages. Not long ago we saw the 3 types of Finnish…
Even though I’m not in Finland these days, I do continue to have (and enjoy!) my weekly sauna. The saunas outside Finland are strange: people wear towels around their waists, you can’t throw water on the heated stones (there’s an electric system that does it automatically) and a lot of the time the temperature is lower than it should be. But is this a sauna?…
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