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We are never late because we chose the wrong train...302 viewsThe only finnish subway runs in Helsinki, and it's map is surprisingly easy to memorize.Lexa
Sauna, Olut Ja Terva252 viewsThe left sign says "Sauna, Karjala (a finnish beer) and tar".
The right sign says "All you need to stay healthy".

There is actually an old saying in Finland, that goes like "Jos ei viina, terva ja sauna auta, niin tauti on kuolemaksi." meaning "If booze, tar and sauna won't heal you, you'll die." As morbid as it sounds, it was actually meant to encourage a patient, and remind them that most diseases will heal on their own.
Finnish 101468 viewsNoni is a very commonly used word in finnish, literally it could translate to something like "Well yes" or "Oh so" (No niin). It is hard to translate, as it is not actually a word at all.Lexa
Coat of arms of Finland139 viewsThe coat of arms of Finland is a crowned lion on a red field, the right foreleg replaced with an armoured hand brandishing a sword, trampling on a sabre with the hindpaws. The coat of arms was originally created around the year 1580. The coat of arms is a common motif in many types of finnish jewelry and clothing.Lexa
Finnish Sports - World Sauna Championships173 viewsThe World Sauna Championships was an annual endurance contest held in Heinola, Finland, from 1999 to 2010. They originated from unofficial sauna-sitting competitions that resulted in a ban from a swimming hall in Heinola. The Championships were first held in 1999 and grew to feature contestants from over 20 countries. The competitions were stopped after a a competitor died in 2010. Lexa
Men in the army256 viewsHard work and no play and so on. Lexa
Women in the army174 viewsMany of the volunteer women in the defence forces actually stay for the whole year, and rise up the ranks.Lexa
Finnish Defence Forces169 viewsEvery man in Finland is required to go through military training, ranging from 6 months to a year in service. Today it is not at all uncommon to see women in the ranks as well, as Finland has allowed women in the army for some years now.Lexa
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