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Foraging in Finland: 7 Delicious Wild Herbs to Try

Foraging in Finland: 7 Delicious Wild Herbs to Try

Foraging means gathering wild food from nature, for free. Finnish forests are an endless source of superfood! Picking mushrooms and berries is a popular pastime in Finland but there are more delicious things hidden in the forest: wild herbs. The use of forest-grown...

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How to Experience Midsummer Magic in Finland

How to Experience Midsummer Magic in Finland

You might have heard that celebrating Midsummer is a huge thing in the Nordic countries. That's definitely true for Finland where this summer highlight takes place during the second last weekend of June. As the name suggests, Midsummer is a public holiday that...

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The Complete Guide to Finnish Breakfast

The Complete Guide to Finnish Breakfast

Put your pain au chocolat or Lucky Charms aside, here comes Finnish breakfast! What are Finns eating at breakfast? The most significant difference between Finnish and many other breakfasts is that Finns rarely eat anything especially sweet, like pastries or sugar cereals, in the morning time.

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Easy Chanterelle Recipe: The Finnish Chanterelle Pie

Easy Chanterelle Recipe: The Finnish Chanterelle Pie

It’s soon autumn here in Finland and that means the chanterelle season is on! Chanterelles are typical, and gourmet standard, Finnish autumn food. A fun fact: I know so many Finns who hate mushrooms but love chanterelles. That is perfectly normal in Finland. So what...

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The Finnish Easter Dessert that Everyone Will Love

The Finnish Easter Dessert that Everyone Will Love

  You guessed right, this is not a recipe for mämmi, the traditional Finnish Easter dessert, which looks like a brown pile of dirt.   Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of mämmi, but I understand that it's not everyone's cup of tea. So I'm here to give you a sure...

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Dive into the Finnish Lifestyle

Modern Log Home Escape with Finnish Design Tips

Modern Log Home Escape with Finnish Design Tips

When you typically think of a log home, you probably think of the traditional log cabin, you know the one, it’s old and drowning in dark brown wood everywhere. In Finland we definitely have plenty of those, especially next to a lake and forest, but there’s a huge modern log home trend…

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May Day in Finland – Finnish Spring Carnival

May Day in Finland – Finnish Spring Carnival

There are a couple of ways you can experience a Finnish carnival. The biggest party happens when Finland wins the ice-hockey world championship. Fortunately, Finland won in 2019, but, unfortunately, the next time the world championships will be played is quite...

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Discover the Finnish Language

30 Famous Finnish Sayings that Will Inspire You

30 Famous Finnish Sayings that Will Inspire You

The Finnish language is full of sayings and wisdom. I feel that Finnish proverbs are the backbone of the Finnish culture because they offer a way of saying your thoughts without being too pushy. Finns hate to be pushy! help you understand others help you do the right...

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Best Finnish Language Learning Resources for Beginners

Best Finnish Language Learning Resources for Beginners

Woohoo, you want to learn Finnish! I couldn’t be more excited! Even though Finnish is a small language, there are a lot of free and paid resources for learning Finnish. Before diving into these wonderful tools, I’ll talk about how to set you up for success when learning the Finnish language…

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Epic Finland Summer Guide: 20 Practical & Cultural Tips

Epic Finland Summer Guide: 20 Practical & Cultural Tips

Summer in Finland is the most waited time of the year. It is like Christmas, but better, because it usually lasts more than one day. A popular Finnish saying states that you don’t need to check the weather to see if it’s summer in Finland, you just look at the...

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7 Laid-back and Delicious Things to Do in Lahti

7 Laid-back and Delicious Things to Do in Lahti

Lahti has so many things going for it! The city center offers incredible forest trails next to winter stadion, Alvar Aalto architecture, whiskey tasting and mouthwatering Finnish cooking. Lahti is a fantastic non-touristy day trip destination from Helsinki!

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