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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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Finnish Funnel Cake and Lemon Soda - Saveur.com

Finnish Funnel Cake and Lemon Soda - Saveur.com | Finland | Scoop.it
In Finland, May Day is not complete without tippaleipä, a funnel cake only sold around May Day, and a glass of sima, a home-brewed soda made with lemon and honey.

 

The national holiday is a celebration of "worker's day," but it also marks the arrival of spring and the end of yet another long, dark winter. For kids,Vappu is all about visiting the outdoor May Day markets in the city, where knickknacks of every type are sold, from whistles to big helium balloons.  

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Today is “worker's day” and this day Finnish people eat this soda with donuts. I want to try this food next worker's day! :) isn't it look so delicious? 

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Virpominen: Easter Traditions in Finland - Saveur.com

Virpominen: Easter Traditions in Finland - Saveur.com | Finland | Scoop.it

Growing up in Finland, Easter was always one of my favorite holidays. I remember spending the four-day weekend together with my family, playing outside in search of the first signs of spring, crafting Easter cards, and decorating eggs. But as a real sweet tooth, my favorite part of the festivities wasvirpominen, when all the children in the neighborhood dress up like trulli, or witches, and carry brightly-decorated willow branches door-to-door to wish "Happy Easter!" to their neighbors, receiving candies in return.

Most children recite a rhyme at the door: 

Virvon, varvon, tuoreeks terveeks, tulevaks vuodeks; vitsa sulle, palkka mulle!
I wave a twig, for a fresh and healthy year ahead; a twig for you, a reward for me! 
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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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Sizzling in Helsinki - New York Times (slideshow)

Sizzling in Helsinki - New York Times (slideshow) | Finland | Scoop.it
Sizzling in Helsinki
New York Times
There was a time when Kallio, a working-class district north of central Helsinki and somewhat akin to the old, grittier iteration of the Bowery in Manhattan, was considered off-limits to visitors.
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The babies who nap in sub-zero temperatures

The babies who nap in sub-zero temperatures | Finland | Scoop.it
Would you put your baby or toddler outside in the freezing cold for their lunchtime nap? Many Nordic parents wouldn't give it a second thought.

 

Finland's 'official' nap advice

Irrespective of the season, many children have their evening naps outside in prams.

Many babies sleep better outdoors in the fresh air than in the bedroom. Sleeping outdoors is not dangerous for a baby. One may gradually start going outdoors when the baby is two weeks old.

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Helsinki Cathedral Steps Covered In Quilts! | craftivism.

Helsinki Cathedral Steps Covered In Quilts! | craftivism. | Finland | Scoop.it
Quilters get together for charity and cover the steps of a Helsinki cathedral with quilts for donation.
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Finland celebrates Mother's Day

Finland celebrates Mother's Day | Finland | Scoop.it

A total of 33 lucky mothers are receiving a medal in honour of their service to parenthood.

The honours are being presented a ceremony attended by President Sauli Niinistö and his wife in Helsinki’s House of the Estates.

A honorary medal can be presented to a mother for her contribution as an exemplary parent and for her support of family life.

Mothers can expect today, for example, breakfast in bed, a bunch of flowers or a self-designed card.

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Nokia Connects | Finnish Valentine’s Day: celebrate your friends!

Nokia Connects | Finnish Valentine’s Day: celebrate your friends! | Finland | Scoop.it

Valentine’s Day in Finland, although a popular day to get married or engaged on, is actually referred to as ‘Ystävänpäivä’, which means ‘Friend’s Day’. This is a day where people write cards and share gifts with their closest friends.

http://nokiaconnects.com/2012/02/07/finnish-valentine%E2%80%99s-day-celebrate-your-friends/

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Pop supping - Experimental nature of pop-up restaurants

Pop supping - Experimental nature of pop-up restaurants | Finland | Scoop.it

Besides gearing up for World Design Capital 2012, Helsinki is undergoing a food revolution enabled by the temporary, experimental nature of pop-up restaurants.

 

“I don’t know what’s going on,” says Ville Relander, project manager for the City of Helsinki and responsible for the Finnish capital’s food culture strategy. “ ...somehow people started to create their own city. ‘Restaurant Day’ is part of this new spirit.”

Relander is referring to the latest pop-up restaurant craze to hit Helsinki, which is gearing up towards its title as World Design Capital 2012, an award bestowed every two years by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.

On Restaurant Day, anyone can open a restaurant for 24 hours. About 200 temporary venues were created during the August event. And in November, the World Design Capital crew will host a one-day cake restaurant in the city.

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Helsinki’s New House of Music

Helsinki’s New House of Music | Finland | Scoop.it

This is the Helsinki Music Centre or Musiikkitalo, at once a permanent home to three entities co-existing in harmony – the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Sibelius Academy. The Centre has its own ideological and financial management team, but only in February will its true captain be revealed – the one assuming responsibility for the artistic fulfilment and economic rate of return of Musiikkitalo.

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Turku Enjoyed a Successful Year as European Capital of Culture | Turku 2011

Turku Enjoyed a Successful Year as European Capital of Culture | Turku 2011 | Finland | Scoop.it

Turku has completed its year as European Capital of Culture very successfully. The comprehensive programme has produced new collaboration while creating a platform for continuing projects. Turku has also gained more visibility in global media than ever before and visitor numbers have gone up as well.

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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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Anthony Bourdain No Reserverations Finland part 1

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Anthony Bourdain in Helsinki. Cupping in a city sauna and some reindeer...

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Video: Easter bonfires burn bright on Holy Saturday

Video: Easter bonfires burn bright on Holy Saturday | Finland | Scoop.it
According to Finnish tradition, Holy Saturday is a night of mischief and mayhem caused by trolls and witches. Bonfires are the traditional way to hold them at bay.
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Are Finnish Children Better Prepared for the 21st Century?

Are Finnish Children Better Prepared for the 21st Century? | Finland | Scoop.it

In America, it has become apparent that some children are graduating college without the skills and abilities that they need in order to be successful in today’s rapidly changing world...

 

The truth is, Finnish children seem to be developing some skills earlier than American children.  For example, when children walk themselves to school in the morning at the ripe old age of 7 (several kilometers, through snow & ice, and uphill both ways, of course) do they really need to focus on independent thinking in the classroom?  Students are known to come home after school and remain unsupervised for several hours until a parent returns from work.  These kids live independence!

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Inquiry Based Learning or PBL is fundamental to the success of embedding 21st Century Skills If we want students to become critical thinkers then we need to give them the room pedagogically to make mistakes, explore their own understandings and be independent learners. 

 

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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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More for less

More for less | Finland | Scoop.it

IN “THE LION AND THE UNICORN”, written in 1941, George Orwell invoked the spirit of England in a handful of images—“solid breakfasts and gloomy Sundays, smoky towns and windy roads, green fields and red pillar-boxes”. When this correspondent tried to summon up appropriate images for the spirit of the Nordic region he found himself turning to the welfare state: Swedish fathers enjoying a leisurely lunch while their children sleep in prams (Sweden’s paternity leave is among the most generous in the world); Danish mothers cycling, helmetless, through the early morning mist with their children in sidecars (Copenhagen has more than 350km of cycle lanes, and a third of the population cycles to work); a Finnish physics teacher discussing the nature of elegance with a class of 15-year-olds (Finland regularly comes near the top of international league tables for educational attainment).

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American Wins Air Guitar Championship - WFMY News 2

American Wins Air Guitar Championship - WFMY News 2 | Finland | Scoop.it

Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard from the US won the 17th Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finland on Friday.

The Air Guitar World Championships is a three day event with international contestants that culminates in a Grand Finale at Rotuaari Square in the center of Oulu in Northern Finland.

Around 5,000 people gathered in the city center to watch 18 contestants from around the world battle for the grand prize -- a real guitar.

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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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Finnish conductor Paavo Berglund, known for Sibelius recordings, dead at age 82

Finnish conductor Paavo Berglund, known for Sibelius recordings, dead at age 82 | Finland | Scoop.it
HELSINKI — Paavo Berglund, one of Finland’s most prominent conductors, has died at age 82. He was chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic and his engagements included major orchestras in Europe, including the Berlin Philharmonic.
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Finland's Sami minority: new cultural centre but no land rights

Finland's Sami minority: new cultural centre but no land rights | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland's Sami minority: new cultural centre but no land rights | Finland's Sami people are slowly gaining legal recognition, with a new cultural centre in Inari being launched in 2012.
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Awesome old school Finnish stove : theCHIVE

Awesome old school Finnish stove : theCHIVE | Finland | Scoop.it

Finnish stove is all the rage in…well, Finland (12 Photos)

 

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Music and Movies in Finland

Music and Movies in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland is one of the finest places in the world for those who are a connoisseur of entertainment and art.

 

Are you a music or film fanatic? Then while in Finland you are in luck. It hosts the world’s largest gathering of musical and film talents, from directors to musical composers, coming together each year in one place to celebrate the arts of music and movies. On your visit to Finland don’t forget to participate in these festivals.

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