Happy Independence Day Finland!
Some of you may not know that I’m from Finland. So to celebrate this day I have collected some random facts about Finland/Finnish people and at the same time you get to know me/my culture in a way. Enjoy 🙂
- On the Finnish Independence evening there is a Presidential Independence Day reception help for approximately 2000 invited guests at the Presidential Palace. The event is informally know as Linnanjuhlat (the Castle Ball) and is broadcast on national television.
- Finnish people drink three to four cups of coffee every day and are considered the most prolific coffee drinkers in the world.
- There are more saunas than cars in Finland.
- Finland is called the land of a thousand lakes as there are exactly 187,888 lakes in the country
- Students must study these following languages at school: Finnish, Swedish and English
- There’s a resort in Finland where you can sleep in a glass igloo and watch the Northern Lights.
- Santa Claus (known as Joulupukki or “Yule Goat” in Finland) lives in a house that’s built right on top of the Arctic circle in the northern province of Lappland. The Santa Claus Post Office (address: Santa Claus, Santa Claus Main Post Office, FI-96930 Arctic Circle, FINLAND) receives about 700,000 letters every year from children all around the world.
- Mobile phone throwing is an actual sport in Finland.
- The creators of the app Angry Birds, Rovio Entertainment, are from Finland.
- And finally: Epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydelläänsäkäänköhän is an actual word as Finns use a lot of conjoined words. For example wardrobe, refrigerator and safe are “clothes closet”, “ice closet” and “cash closet” (vaatekaappi, jääkaappi, kassakaappi)
See images below for some more Finnish lessons!
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