The Finns have something they call sisu. It is a compound of bravado and bravery, of ferocity and tenacity, of the ability to keep fighting after most people would have quit, and to fight with the will to win. The Finns translate sisu as "the Finnish spirit" but it is a much more gutful word than that.

Yes, "sisu" is a Finnish word and something very Finnish indeed. It has helped our nation during difficult times and it helps every Finn.

(Can you imagine spending your summer on an island?)  Finnish archipelago

An archipelago is a group of islands closely scattered in a body of water

Joulutorttu: Finnish Christmas jam tarts & recipe

Homemade Joulutorttu - Finnish Christmas jam tarts - with recipe and instructions

Summer cottage - There are some 188,000 lakes in Finland, almost all have summer cottages beside them. Finns love nature, and they love the peace and quiet by their lakes, visiting their cottages most weekends in summer - and especially during the holiday month of July.

There are some lakes in Finland, almost all have summer cottages beside them. Finns love nature, the peace and quiet by their lakes, visiting their cottages most weekends in summer and especially during the holiday month of July.

Finnish Pulla Bread or "Nisu".  Want to try to veganize :)

Finnish Pulla Bread

Aku Ankka (Donald Duck) Design special edition. Publication: 20.4.2012. Available in Finnish, Swedish, English, German. The special edition will not be publicly sold but a number will be available at events organised by the WDC Helsinki 2012.

Finland - Aku Ankka (A special 4 language edition: Finnish, Swedish, English and German Scanned image of comic book (© Disney) cover

Temppeliaukion kirkko (Rock Church), Finland

The Temppeliaukion Lutheran Church, carved into the rock in Töölö, Helsinki opened in

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