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10 Places Perfect For Introverts

10 Places Perfect For Introverts | Finland | Scoop.it

 

If there’s anywhere an introvert is going to feel at ease, it is Finland. You don’t have to agonize about making small talk in this Nordic country. Finns appreciate silence, thoughtfulness, nature and are respectful of personal space.

So no need to feel judged when wandering thoughtfully around the beautiful capital of Helsinki or dining alone. And you cannot leave without letting loose in a steamy sauna where Finns head to relax and reflect in silence.

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10 Things Not to Do in Finland

10 Things Not to Do in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
In Finland, there are certain things you just don't do - subtle differences that you as a traveler should be aware of to avoid those dreaded moments of awkwardness.
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pic ©VisitFinland, T.M.

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The Fascinating Finns

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Today we’re going to delve into some facts related to the interesting and singular Finnish language. Finnish is spoken mainly in Finland, as well as areas near Finland such as Sweden, Russia (in the Republic of Karelia), and is spoken by approximately 5 million native speakers. As many Europeans will note, despite Finland’s proximity to Russia and Scandinavian-speaking countries, Finnish is a very unique language in that it is very different from its surrounding languages. This stems from the fact that Finnish is a Uralic language, which finds its origins in the area near the Ural Mountains (the ‘’geographic’’ divide between European and Asian Russia/Siberia). Interestingly, other Uralic languages (also known as Finno-Ugric, derived from Proto-Uralic) include Hungarian and Estonian, so there are similarities to be found amongst the three, as well as among other less common languages derived from the same language family (Mari, Permic, Sami, Khanty, etc).

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Taking the Finnish rest cure - Boston Globe

Taking the Finnish rest cure - Boston Globe | Finland | Scoop.it
 Summer in Finland is a brief, perfect moment made of a soothing sun that shines well into the night, scudding white and purple clouds, and birches and evergreens tossing in a lilting breeze. From the moment the sun begins its ascent into the sky in May, Finns escape to their cottages, retreats handed down through generations.

During our several visits to Finland, many of them artist residencies, we often ecountered friends and acquaintances on a Friday afternoon outside the market, where, pausing to stock up on essentials, they murmured something about hurrying off to the mökki, rustic cottages outfitted with wood-burning saunas. In early spring we had sailed through the iced archipelago between Helsinki and Stockholm, admiring the red and brown wood cottages dotting the myriad islands. But even more lay just a few hours away to the north, in the wonders of the lake region in a country lousy with lakes — 187,000 to be exact.

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Finns fuming at Brownlee's comments - Politics - NZ Herald News

Finns fuming at Brownlee's comments - Politics - NZ Herald News | Finland | Scoop.it
A top minister has sparked a near-diplomatic incident after suggesting Finns are uneducated, unemployed murderers who don't respect women.

 

Speaking in Parliament, Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee rejected Labour's plans to model the economy on Finland, "which has worse unemployment than us, has less growth than us, can hardly feed the people who live there, has a terrible homicide rate, hardly educates its people, and has no respect for women."

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Nut Island's Peace: It's raining ___________

Nut Island's Peace: It's raining ___________ | Finland | Scoop.it

We don't do small talk in Finland. We don't even have a Finnish word for small talk - jutustelu is probably quite close, but not exactly the same. For us it's perfectly normal to be quiet in company - for example at a lunch table. The only chit chat topic that we master is the weather. That's what we do, in Facebook too: snow <3

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Finnish Man Helps Chinese Cross the Street Safely - NTDTV

Zebra crossings in China can be dangerous places, with many drivers ignoring the “People First” rule.

In Fuzhou City in East China’s Fujian province, a Finnish man has decided to take the matter of pedestrian safety into his own hands – literally – by voluntarily directing traffic to stop at a zebra crossing.

The man, who goes by the Chinese name Ma Ruinan, walks back and forth across the crossing, directing the oncoming traffic to stop.

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Finns – One of a Kind

Finns – One of a Kind | Finland | Scoop.it

I like to think I’m quite an easy going person who can get along with pretty much anyone. I must stress here that most of my encounters with Finnish people are fantastic; my boyfriend’s family for example couldn’t be nicer to me. In fact, when I first met my boyfriend I thought he was quite cold and rude! Although I now know he is neither of those things, there are still times when I say to him ‘fight the Finn within’! There have been many occasions where I have been left open mouthed at the actions of some Finnish people.

Foreigners and Finnish people themselves will tell you that the overall view of their people is that they are quiet, often shy, reserved people. They say Finnish people make really great friends once you get to know them; I am yet to make a really good Finnish friend. Like most foreigners my friends are other foreigners. However, I have only been here 18 months so I have not given up hope yet!

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What happened just now: Icy Picnics and Dancing Finns

What happened just now: Icy Picnics and Dancing Finns | Finland | Scoop.it
Last Saturday was my birthday and, despite it being close to 0 degrees out, it was the first year where it didn't rain on my birthday! I had suggested previously that if it was nice weather out that we should go for a picnic by the ...
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Review: How to Marry a Finnish Girl

Review: How to Marry a Finnish Girl | Finland | Scoop.it
This weekend I read a newly published book called “How to Marry a Finnish Girl”, by Phil Schwarzmann.

I have to admit, I was quite excited about reading it. How could I not be?
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Swedish-speaking Finns

Swedish-speaking Finns | Finland | Scoop.it
Swedish-speaking Finns Swedish-speaking Finns (often called Finland-Swedes, Finnish Swedes, Swedish Finns, see below) (Swedish: finlandssvenskar;Finnish: suomenruotsalaiset) constitute a linguistic minority in Finland. They maintain a strong identity and are alternatively seen either as a distinct subgroup of the Finnish people or as a separate ethnic group or even as a distinct nationality. ...
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Europe survey: Finns avid travellers - YLE News

Europe survey: Finns avid travellers - YLE News | Finland | Scoop.it
Finns are among Europe's keenest travellers, according to a Eurobarometer survey.
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Top-10 Most Important Finns « Hande's Blog

Top-10 Most Important Finns « Hande's Blog | Finland | Scoop.it
..."a few of the rejected choices deserve an honorable mention, namely Aleksis Kivi the author of the first significant Finnish novel and all three Finnish Formula One champions: Keke Rosberg, Mika Häkkinen and Kimi Räikkönen..."
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The miracle of summer makes winter a distant memory - thisisFINLAND: Life & society: Society

The miracle of summer makes winter a distant memory - thisisFINLAND: Life & society: Society | Finland | Scoop.it

 

Summer is a natural phenomenon, yet it is also a state of mind: The world is again full of possibilities, joys and pleasures. The change is dramatic. Mother Nature, who so recently lay dormant and frozen under a blanket of snow, bursts into wild blossom as summer arrives.

The onset of summer is also reflected in people. They can finally cast off their heavy winter clothes. Shoulders long hunched together against icy winds can finally relax; steps become lighter and faces brighter. The Finns make the most of their summer.

Read more about Finnish summer:http://bit.ly/10aPfvr

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A guide to Finnish customs and manners - thisisFINLAND: Life & society: Society

A guide to Finnish customs and manners - thisisFINLAND: Life & society: Society | Finland | Scoop.it
Get to know the Finns with our abbreviated but thorough guide – a starter kit for keeping up with the Finnish culture.
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Why Finland is a Fictional Wonderland

Why Finland is a Fictional Wonderland | Finland | Scoop.it
In many ways the Finns are a magical people, and it’s easy to see why they were the inspiration for Tolkien’s elves (my wife even has the pointed ears). For a start, it’s only in the last one hundred and fifty years or so they’ve properly moved out of the forest, and they still seem totally at home chillin’ in the wilderness. This independence has produced the characteristic they’re most proud. Called Sisu, it loosely translates as strength of will or acting rationally in the face of adversity. It’s a bit like having a stiff upper lip in minus twenty-five. Imagine waking up to find your car buried in snow, every single day, and digging it out without so much as a “bloody hell”.
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Palm Sunday brings witches to the door

Palm Sunday brings witches to the door | Finland | Scoop.it

Along with being April Fool's Day, this Sunday is celebrated by Finnish Christians as Palm Sunday, marking the beginning of Holy Week and the run-up to Easter.

 

Trick-or-treat, Finnish style
Pussy-willow twigs ornamented with bright feathers and tissue paper are used by children who dress as witches, cats or bunnies and go door-to-door collecting sweets. They recite a rhyme wishing the residents health for the following year, and then give them decorated branches in exchange for Easter candy.
Reminiscent of the trick-or-treat tradition in the British Isles and North America, this practice is believed to be a mixture of Orthodox Easter blessing customs from Eastern Finland with pre-Christian rituals from Western Finland and Scandinavia.

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This guy was elected President of Finland, first morning after elections (PIC)

This guy was elected President of Finland, first morning after elections (PIC) | Finland | Scoop.it

Says a lot about us Finns...

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Finnish man jumps in front of Chinese cars

Finnish expatriate Mario Hakulinen, also known by his Chinese name Ma Ruinan, has been living in Fuzhou for the last 11 years. Over the last decade, he has become increasingly frustrated with the drivers who refuse to give way to pedestrians. To do his bit to make Fuzhou the safest city in China, he decided to take matters into his own hands -- by jumping in front of cars and using "tai chi" to ensure drivers stop for pedestrians. More on why he does what he does after the jump...

http://shanghaiist.com/2012/01/05/finnish_man_uses_tai_chi_to_stop_tr.php

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Poll: Support for NATO membership lowest since Iraq war - Helsingin Sanomat

Poll: Support for NATO membership lowest since Iraq war - Helsingin Sanomat | Finland | Scoop.it
  According to a poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat and conducted by TNS Gallup, more than two thirds of Finns (68 per cent) are against joining the alliance.

 

Support for membership in the NATO military alliance has fallen sharply in the past year and a half. According to a poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat and conducted by TNS Gallup, more than two thirds of Finns (68 per cent) are against joining the alliance.
The last time in the new century that support for joining NATO has been this low was in 2003 - when the United States went to war with Iraq.

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The good life

The good life | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish people have reduced the number of deaths from heart disease by 80%, and this is largely due to them adopting a healthy lifestyle...

 

It's a powerful illustration of just how much your life is in your own hands. Half a century ago, Finland had the highest mortality rate from coronary heart disease in the world. Yet over the past 35 years, this once depressing figure has plummeted by a jaw-dropping 80%. The secret to this remarkable decline is not some miracle cure, although improvements in medical treatment certainly helped. Just simple changes in diet and lifestyle account for three quarters of the decline. In other words, the Finns slashed their death rate from heart attack and stroke by 60%, simply by improving their diet and exercise habits and cutting back on the cigarettes.

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Little Study of the Saami, Finns and Scandinavians

Little Study of the Saami, Finns and Scandinavians | Finland | Scoop.it
As large sample sizes have a tendency to drown the 4 sample Saami clustering I have done a small study using only 4 individuals from each population to try to infer the Saamis relationship with other populations.
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Finnish People Manners and Habits

Finnish People Manners and Habits | Finland | Scoop.it

Finnish People Courtesies -  Finnish people generally have a relaxed attitude towards manners and dressing. A visitor is unlikely to offend them by accident. Common sense is quite enough in most...

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People queueing for bread in Finland

People queueing for bread in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it

...never thought I'd see the day. 'French market' visits Tampere. #sgs2

 

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Postcard FI-1130550

Postcard FI-1130550 | Finland | Scoop.it
Postcard FI-1130550 (Finland): From Ulla in Harjavalta.
Roughly translated:" A lifetime isn´t enough to find out what this is about!
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