I'm visiting canada and need finnish gifts to take with me, but I can't for the life of me think of anything special. Any ideas? I'm finnish myself but I just need a second point of view to come up with something great :)
I think you should give them a proper Finnish version of you: Be silent, fiddle with your smartphone, don’t let anyone sit next to you and be really short worded and awkward if someone tries to have small talk with you.
(And if you want to be more traditional and not scare your hosts, check out the comments on this post)
took this picture while I was still in Finland, Jyväskylä in the autumn, it was drawn on a toilet door somewhere on the Univ of Jyväskylä campus, can’t remember where exactly. captures the stereotypical Finnish (but also Estonian, my own nationality) spirit quite nicely in my opinion.. ‘I’m fine, I’m just not happy.’ - Nobody cares!’
Hope you can help with this one ! My wife and I are English, and have been to Helsinki a few times . We are very close and usually hold hands when out. It seems that We had a lord people glance at us - seemed to be,looked at our hands, then me mostly. So We stopped holding hands and no one took any notice of us ! Any reason for this ???or just paranoia ? !
Well, it could be paranoia. But now when I think about it I rarely see couples older than their 30’s (and younger than their 60’s) walking hand in hand in “daylight”. But when people go out to theater or for a dinner I see much more holding hands.
That’s a really interesting though, I’ve never thought that it’d be odd for couple walking hand-in-hand but on the other hand, I can’t name any couples +30 years that walk hand in hand. But don’t let this bring you down, keep your hands together, be an example!
It’s a “parroting” (thanks online dictionary…) that comes from a popular Finnish tv show called “Putous”. The actors in the tv show make up a sketch-character that has one saying that they repeat ocassionally. The best character wins but the “parrotings” sneak in the common interraction. You really can’t avoid the Putous parrotings when it’s broadcasted. This years parrotings were:
"Osimoilleen näin" (That’s about right) "Todellakitodellakitodellaki… aaaivan" (That’s-right-that’s-right-that’s-right… riiight) "Tilulilulii - nyt se on auki ja nyt se on kii" (Doodly-de-doo, now it’s open and now it’s closed) "Mitä jäbä duunaa?" (Dude, what are you doing?) "Mulla on köntsät housuissa" (I have poop in my pants) "Mikä sä oot, ketä sulla on päällä?" (What are you, who are you wearing?" "Mie romahan!" (I’m collapsing!)
Could you write something about this one? I had heard people say “varo heikkoa jäätä” a few times in a very morbid tone, but didn’t know where it came from before a friend showed this to me. I find it absolutely terrifying even as an adult. Had I seen it as a kid, I would have been scarred for life.
—Submission from Anne
I’ve posted this once here. But really, you can never be to careful so here it goes, once again. It’s an educational animation for little children so they wouldn’t go walking on the ice. Watch it, get some nightmares and BEWARE OF THE THIN ICE!
Universites are good as far as I know - I can’t be sure about every single university in Finland but in general they’re good. Studying is as fun as you make it to be - don’t get burnout but don’t party so much you forget to study either ;)
Awkward hugs and no kisses! I’ll be heading my hometown, beloved Kuopio. I’m not sure if I can make it. I have nothing to post. Oh my god. I’ll try my best to make time so I can spread my limitless love to you all tomorrow.