Happy 100 year Finnish Independence Day:
Our favourite 28 Finnish facts
Congratulations to our Finland friends on the 100th Anniversary of their independence from Russia.
6th December is a massive big deal for Finns all across the world – if you know a Finn, make sure you celebrate with them on this day. Who knows, they might even share their salmiakki with you.
We gathered some of our most favourite Finnish facts for you on this super special day:
- In Finland, you don’t dip your toe to test the water. Instead, you test the ice with a stick (kokeilla kepillä jäätä)
- The Finns don’t use a “computer”… they have a “knowledge machine” (Tietokone).
- There is a word in Finnish for ‘I wonder if I should run around aimlessly’ – it is “juoksentelisinkohan?”
- The Finns have a tradition of Ants Nest Sitting Competition – a fun thing to do with friends. You take down your pants, sit down on an ants nest – first person up, loses
- In Finnish, the word for dragon is ‘salmon snake’ (Lohikäärme)
- Finland has the most Northern Vinyard – it is called Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant in Finland (61°14′N; 21°26′E) (yes, nuclear) and yields around 850kg of grapes annually.
- Finland has won Eurovision once – it was with Lordi’s Hard rock Hallelujah
- As much as 86% of Finland is covered with forests.
- The Finnish place name of Paskalomavaara means ‘Shitvacationdanger’ if you translate it literally.
- Instead of describing someone as dumb in Finnish, someone might just say “Well, it’s dark in the attic” (on vintti pimeana)
- There are no public payphones in Finland.
- The Finnish word kalsarikännit means to “stay in, wearing your underwear, drinking beer, with no intention of going out”.
- A hangover in Finnish is known as a ‘Krapula’
- In Finland, your speeding fine is calculated based on your income.
- Candyfloss in Finnish is “hattara”, meaning: ‘small cloud’.
- In 2016, Finland was the safest country on earth (according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). The UK was no 63 on the same list).
- Finland has 187,888 lakes that are larger than 500 m²
- The Finns don’t say something “vanished into thin air” instead the Finns say it “disappeared like a fart in Sahara” (Kadota kuin pieru Saharaan).
- The Finnish the word ‘pilkunnussija’ is someone who is pedant and particular about tiny details – and it translates literally to ‘comma fucker’.
- There are over 3million saunas in Finland – and only 5m people. There is even a Burger King with a Sauna in it.
- The Finnish psyche can be summed up in one brilliant word: Sisu. When the going gets tough, the tough get ‘sisu’. It’s that thing inside that makes you get back up and carry on. Stop whining, pick yourself up and carry on – and finish what you started. Sisu.
- Finland is most heavy metal loving nation in the world with 53.5 metal bands per 100,000 people.
- Finnish people drink the most coffee in the world (12kg per person per year).
The Sami in Finland have a measure for 7km, it’s called Poronkusema and it’s the distance a reindeer can travel before needing a pee. “Peter lives 2 poronkusema away”
- The Moomin trolls come from Finland.
- If a Finnish person tell you that it is like perfume on a meatball, he simply means to tell you it doesn’t fit (like the English ‘square peg in a round hole – but about meatballs…) (sopia kuin hajuvesi lihapulliin)
- In Finnish, if you say tapaan sinut it means: “I’ll meet you.” If you say tapan sinut it menas “I’ll kill you.” Do NOT get these two mixed up.
- Finland is ranked the most literate nation in the world
- And our favourite Finnish idiom: Hänellä ei ole kaikki muumit laaksossa – He doesn’t have all trolls in the valley
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