Category: Curiosities

The Finnish Armed forces abandon the Swastika as a symbol

Yes, that’s right. The Finnish armed forces used the swastika as a symbol up to 2020. There was of course an explanation: they adopted it before the Nazi regime and for that reason they had never believed they had to change it. A reason that seemed insufficient to us in this blog: there is simply no reason to wear it today because they need to…

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Takatalvi – when the winter is back during Finland’s spring

Where I am from we have an idiom. I’ll write it in Spanish: “hasta el cuarenta de Mayo no te quites el sayo“, which translates to “until the 40th of May, don’t take the coat off”. Yes, May doesn’t have 40 days, but if you say “June 9th” it doesn’t rhyme. Anyways, in Finland – with the same spirit – they have the Takatalvi: the…

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Personal space in Finland (compared to other countries)

It is well known that personal space is sacred in Finland. If you have been in the country and have not seen a bus stop where each person is at least three meters away from the next, you haven’t been in Finland long enough. And this happens under rain or snow – literally. Perfect illustration of the phenomenon. Source: reddit. But does this happen only…

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“Drinking alone at home in your underwear” and other Finnish emojis

The Finnish Tourism Agency knows what it’s doing and has released an emoji for the Finnish word: Kalsarikännit, which is quite unique and does only exist – as far as I know – in Finnish. It means “to get drunk alone at home in your underwear”. The Finnish Emojis The Finnish government promotion agency (ThisisFinland), which is part of the Communication Department of the Ministry…

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