All Things Finnish

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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.

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.

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

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

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"Astiankuivauskaappi" is a Finnish invention (Maiju Gebhard).

"Astiankuivauskaappi" is a Finnish invention (Maiju Gebhard).

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Joulutorttu: Finnish Christmas jam tarts & recipe

Joulutorttu: Finnish Christmas jam tarts & recipe

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Finnish Cucumber Salad from She's in the Kitchen

Finnish Cucumber Salad from She's in the Kitchen

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Hirvi Finnish Kitchen Towels

Hirvi Finnish Kitchen Towels

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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.

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.

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Cooking Finland: Blueberry soup--blåbärssoppa--mustikkakeitto

Cooking Finland: Blueberry soup--blåbärssoppa--mustikkakeitto

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Temppeliaukion kirkko (Rock Church), Finland

Temppeliaukion kirkko (Rock Church), Finland

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Villa in the Finnish Baltic Sea archipelago

Villa in the Finnish Baltic Sea archipelago

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