As Seen In Finland
While most of the other students from my year chose warm destinations like Spain, Turkey and US, I went to Finland for my exchange semester. Why? It was the only place that offered the course I wanted (music management) and it seemed a country I wanted to explore on a long term basis. Today I am sharing some interesting/typical things I ran into.
You might not think there’s anything weird about the photo above, but what if I tell you those slot machines are located in a supermarket? And they are everywhere: from restaurants to local stores. In Finland they love their slot machines and it can be compared to lotteries in other countries (though they also have lotteries). The money that is made from gambling and lottery is used for non-profit organizations.
Because one door is too mainstream for Finland. I can image countries where it’s freezing cold have these types of doors.
Why a drying rack by the sink when you can have a cabinet where you can put dishes to dry? I still miss them every day.
Parking spaces comes with car engine heating systems which is more than needed in winter.
Mämmi is probably the most unusual dessert I tried in Finland, it’s a traditional Finnish Easter dessert (usually eaten with vanilla ice-cream or sweet cream) that you will see everywhere ahead of Easter. Some love it and some just don’t, but everyone will talk to you about it and try to make you have some, just to see your reaction . It looks like brownies, but tastes nothing like it, it tastes like dry gluten and wheat free bread. Once your brain realises it’s not brownies and you add enough ice-cream it’s kind of ok. But one portion was enough for me.
UK has Cadbury. Germany has Kinder. Austria has Milka. Switzerland has Lindt aaaaand Finland has Fazer. And Fazer do good chocolate, but the most interesting thing they make are handmade Mignon chocolate eggs (filled with almond-hazelnut nougat inside a real eggshell) which you can buy around Easter.
Who ever said barbecuing should only be done on a sunny summer day?
It’s common to have a warm meal during lunch which usually comes a drink. Now, Kalja or alcohol free beer isn’t necessarily unusual but it’s just weird that one can get it in the university cafeteria.
I still haven’t figured out which two cards you can use at cash points.
Depression is a big issue in Finland, another thing is that the Finnish are not great talkers, so that’s where a Hali Card (hug card) comes in. It’s basically the business card for an organisation that promotes and supports students’ mental well-being handed out a few times at my university, although I haven’t seen anyone show one in exchange for a hug or two it’s a great way to ask for help without posting vague Facebook statuses.
Omg Finland sounds amazing!! A drying rack cabinet? That is genius. These need to be everywhere.
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Ahhh Finland has always been a country I would like to visit!! It sounds like such a beautiful country but I’m so intrigued by their long winters and summers. I take it from your pictures you were there during winter! Was it difficult to cope?
Enjoyed this post a great deal! 🙂
makes me wonder btw, cool shots of you 🙂
I love this! I have been to Finland before and I loved it there! Those cards are such a great initiative. I remember seeing those cabinets and the double doors! I didin’t have the chance to try the Easter dessert but it looks delicious! 🙂
I have never seen the two door thing, how interesting. Iceland has these massive chocolate Easter eggs, the biggest things I have ever seen, and they are full of more candies inside!
I’ve always wanted to go to Finland, it looks beautiful (if not a little strange haha). The slot machines in supermarkets is super weird, they must really be into gambling.
Such an informative post, I love it! I can see why heaters by the car parking spaces are useful. I went to Finland quite a few years ago and loved all the forests
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This is all so funny! Clearly some crazy quirks over there – this was a great post though because I’m actually going over there at the very end of this year! Well, actually Lapland, but It’s very similar I think.. great photos, and that egg with the almond/ hazelnut nougat looks amazing!
I’m utterly obsessed with Finland, and slightly disappointed to find out I did not know about the hug card! Oh my goodness, that is amazing!
I love the dish draining cupboards, it was a real thrill to see an actual real one when I visited! (I’m a geeky washerupperer)
Did you learn much Finnish while you were there? I’m trying to learn it, it’s so beautiful and different.
Finland! So glad I came across your blog via Bloglovin’. Finland is joint top of my countries to visit and this looks so lovely. Cool post! (no pun intended, dear me) x
I’ve only been to Finland once, I loved it! I definitely want to visit again x
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