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The Best Guide to Dating Finnish Women

The Best Guide to Dating Finnish Women

Dating a Finnish woman has the potential to change your life! It may be the starting point of a happy adventure. I’m excited to tell you that a relationship with a Finnish lady is golden! That’s because Finnish women are loving, fun to be with and down-to-earth....

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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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Savory & Comforting Finnish Cabbage Casserole Recipe

Savory & Comforting Finnish Cabbage Casserole Recipe

Are you ready to cook a Finnish classic? I bet pretty much every Finn has eaten cabbage casserole at some point in their life. In Finnish, we call this dish kaalilaatikko. Cabbage is that type of veggie you either love or hate, but this recipe will definitely lure you...

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Finland Dating Guide: the ABC of Finnish Dating Culture

Finland Dating Guide: the ABC of Finnish Dating Culture

Oh, these tips about Finland dating -wise are pure gold if you have a crush on a Finnish man or woman and don't know how to proceed! As a Finnish woman, I am so happy to help my readers to understand Finnish culture and what to expect. There is always room for more...

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5 Finnish Independence Day Traditions You Should Know

5 Finnish Independence Day Traditions You Should Know

Finns celebrate Independence Day on 6th December. The highlight of this national holiday is staying at home and watching TV. Now I can hear you say Whaaaaat! To explain this, I have to start a bit further. November and December are joyful months in Finland. Besides...

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Discover the Finnish Language

20 Cute Finnish Nicknames for Your Loved One

20 Cute Finnish Nicknames for Your Loved One

Could Finnish be the newest addition to languages of love? I know, French and Spanish sound sensual and passionate but I have two reasons why Finnish totally should be included! 1) When a Finn actually, finally, says something romantic, you can be pretty darn sure...

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Quick Guide to Finnish Grammar for Beginners

Quick Guide to Finnish Grammar for Beginners

I know, Finnish has a reputation as a difficult language to learn. For example, the US State Department’s Foreign Service Institute lists Finnish among the group of languages considered the most difficult for English speakers. I get a lot of questions about how long...

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10 Charming Things to Do in Jyväskylä

10 Charming Things to Do in Jyväskylä

Jyväskylä is a major city in the Lakeland area, 3 hours north of Helsinki. If you are exploring southern and middle Finland, visiting Jyväskylä will be a highlight of your trip! It’s a city that all Finns love. In this post, I’ll tell you little inside things and show 10 charming Jyväskylä things to do, self-guided.

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Finland Bucket List: 35 Authentic Ideas by a Local

Finland Bucket List: 35 Authentic Ideas by a Local

I’m a list person. An excel person. A roadmap person. And within the last few years, I have also become a ‘Say a goal out loud, work hard and watch it happen’ person. When I was 15, I made a dream board. I cut out magazine pictures and texts which resonated with me. I...

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15+ Iconic and Adorable Cafes in Helsinki By Neighborhood!

15+ Iconic and Adorable Cafes in Helsinki By Neighborhood!

Coffee enthusiasts love Helsinki cafes because they offer authentic coffee flavors and surprises. In Helsinki, you have the chance to experience the traditional Finnish filter coffee, the brewings of the local roasteries, the latest specialties, and the Finnish coffee...

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