As you hopefully know, it’s Finland’s independence day today. Happy Indepence day 101-year-old Finland! For that special day’s sake here are six reasons why I personally love this lonely Northern country:
1 THE HONESTY
Maybe not everyone in the whole country is always honest, but it is the cultural standard. There’s not really much that has to be said about this, right? Being honest is the base of everything really, and it still sometimes confuses me when I travel in other cultures where it’s definitely not a standard at all. So one point for Finns there, eh!
2 THE MÖKKI CULTURE
It’s very common to have a remote lakehouse/ summer cottage and just go spend your weekends/vacations there, in the silence, usually with no running water, just enjoying the nature and pancakes cooked on an open fire after going for a swim. I’m definitely Finnish enough to think that there’s really nothing better than that.
3 THERE’S ALMOST ALWAYS A WHITE CHRISTMAS
You can never be sure, but the possibility is still really high for getting snow for Christmas here. As a kid it took me years to understand how people could have Christmas without snow, and when I finally did I finally learned to be grateful for that. I love me some white christmasses.
4 THE COUNTRY TRIES REALLY HARD TO HAVE THINGS EQUAL TO EVERYONE
They don’t always succeed in this obviously and it doesn’t always go too well, but I love the idea behind it. Everyone gets help when needed, and the economical differencies are made as little as possible (or even somewhere remotedly in that direction). A big part of the population doesn’t like this and I wouldn’t say that it works perfectly either, but I still respect the thought at least.
5 THE ABILITY OF BEING SILENT
It’s a random fact, but I like it how Finnish people can very calmly just be silent if they want to. I don’t think akward silences are really a thing here. I love it when things are loud and noisy and all happy, but I also love those silent moments in a shared place. It’s brings a different kind of peace than silence alone does.
6 IT’S HOME
As annoyed as I can sometimes be of my home country or as annoyingly defensive about it I can sometimes be, one thing always stays – it is always home. It hasn’t been my only home for a long time and I’m not planning on it ever becoming one, but it will always feel like coming home when I see the familiar lakes and windows from (in most cases) the airplane window.
I hope you had a lovely independence day, and all the best for the – hopefully – last workday of the week xx