Five Fun Facts About Finns
There are 2 Million saunas in Finland and the population in Finland is 5 Million. There are saunas in many houses and they are also common in apartments. If you live in a high rise building, there can be one or more saunas you can book and borrow, if there's no sauna in the apartment.
There are also small cottages by lakes that are saunas. They are often just two rooms, one is the actual sauna and the other room is where you take your clothes off. Finns go to the sauna naked , even if you haven't met before. Sauna bathing is popular on bachelor parties, but also on bachelorette parties, or simply when people meet.
Sometimes electricity is used to heat the saunas, but you get the best heat by having a sauna stove where you can use firewood. Finns use the sauna at least once every week. In the summer you can bath in the sauna every evening. Many people in Finland do that. In a real Finnish sauna you use birch twigs to beat the back with. In summertime you usually take a dip in a lake nearby, or in wintertime you go out to roll in the snow.
Before WWII, most Finnish children were born in the sauna, because it was the cleanest place you could find.
2. Alcohol and Food
Finns drink a lot. If you go to the sauna, you drink a sauna beer. You can have the beer in the sauna or after the sauna, or both. Finns can't stop drinking until their glasses are empty, or sometimes until the bottle is empty.
When it comes to eating, especially in the summers, Finns are having sausage. When they barbecue, they have to barbecue sausage. Sometimes all you need is a sausage, always served with mustard. To make a Finn happy: give him a grilled sausage and a beer after the sauna. Finland is also know for their ”mustamakkara” that is a ”black sausage” that contains a lot of blood.
Finns are not known to to be talkative. They are usually quiet and speak when they are told to speak. Only after having a couple of beers, they'll talk out of own free will. When Finns have something to say, they go straight to the point and cut the crap.
Finlands former, female president, Tarja Halonen, looks like Conan O´Brien. Even their red hair color is the same. That has made Conan and his show very popular in Finland. The two of them have even met, when Conan visited Finland. There are many Youtube videos from the show where Conan talks about Tarja Halonen and Finns. In one show he even drinks Finnish beer.
Cell Phone Throwing Competition
In Finland there's a competition where men carry women, so called wife carrying. The men run and carry their wives or some other women they know. There are certain rules for the competition and for the weight of the woman. She can't weigh too little. There must also be some kind of carrying/running in the water. The winner gets beer, as much as the woman weighs.
Throwing cell phones is also another typical Finnish competition. There you simply throw your cell phone as far as you can. The world record is held by a young Finnish man, who was throwing his cell phone over 100 meters. He said he had trained a lot – by drinking and partying.
Yet one competition in Finland is to see how long you can stay in a hot sauna. The person, who can sit in the sauna for the longest, is the winner. A couple of years ago, one of the competitors died. Crazy Finns!
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