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Women in the army185 viewsMany of the volunteer women in the defence forces actually stay for the whole year, and rise up the ranks.
Finnish Sports - World Sauna Championships185 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.
Finnish sports - Wife Carrying181 viewsWife carrying (Finnish: eukonkanto or akankanto) is a contest in which male competitors race while each carrying a female teammate. The objective is for the male to carry the female through a special obstacle track in the fastest time. The sport was first introduced at Sonkajärvi, Finland.
Finnish Defence Forces180 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.
Winter and the beach frozen over?179 viewsNo problem! The Finns will not let some silly ice cover stop them from having a swim after sauna. Ice swimming is actually very popular in Finland.
False advertising?170 viewsYes, we are usually very calm, civil and silent. But, when we are not, it can take a lot of effort to calm us down again.
Fact.163 viewsFinns are not happy when they are forced to interact with strangers, but have no issues in getting naked and sweaty with them. As long as they can remain silent.
Throughout Finland mämmi is synonymous with Easter.156 viewsThis traditional Easter treat really divides the nation, you either love it or hate it. There is no in between. It looks like shit, it smells strange, and it's only really sold during Easter. Mämmi is truly an acquired taste.
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