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The founder of Her Finland, a Finnish MSc and cinnamon bun expert.

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50 Cultural Facts on Finland that Help You Understand Finns

50 Cultural Facts on Finland that Help You Understand Finns

It is the culture that makes a place unique and, as we are talking about Finland here, a little bit weird. It is the culture that makes you say what? Whaaat?! I feel that the relatively odd Finnish habits are a part of our charm. A major part of our charm. Actually,...

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Best Lapland Holidays Ideas and Local’s Guide to Finnish Lapland

Best Lapland Holidays Ideas and Local’s Guide to Finnish Lapland

This guide helps you plan a visit to Lapland no matter what’s your travel style. Looking for tips for a self-planned Lapland break? No problem, I’ll help you be your own travel guide. Wondering should you buy a package deal to Lapland? I’ll explain how much there’s to plan and budget so you can decide what’s the best travel solution for you!

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Finnish Language

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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Quick Guide to Finnish Language Basics

Quick Guide to Finnish Language Basics

Finnish language basics are fascinating for two reasons. First, Finnish seems so random to most people. Second, the language explains many hidden cultural things. I think it's always a good idea to learn a little bit about the language of any country if the...

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Finnish Food

The Irresistible Finnish Cinnamon Rolls: Pulla Recipe

The Irresistible Finnish Cinnamon Rolls: Pulla Recipe

Take one bite and you’ll understand why cinnamon buns are a staple of the Finnish cuisine! The scrumptious and soft Finnish pulla is an everyday sweet treat here in Finland. It comes in many forms: twirls, rolls, braids, and butterfly-like shapes called korvapuusti....

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The Classic and Simple Finnish Salmon Soup

The Classic and Simple Finnish Salmon Soup

The Finnish salmon soup (lohikeitto, in Finnish) is the perfect soup. It’s like the little black dress of Finnish cuisine. At the same time, a salmon soup is easy home cooking, super healthy and suitable for any event. In this household, it's the go-to recipe for busy...

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Finnish Culture

6 Funny Finnish Easter Traditions

6 Funny Finnish Easter Traditions

Finnish Easter is a big holiday, but not necessary as religious as it originally was back in the day. With this occasion, Finns mix pagan traditions with family time and some religious aspects. Easter is certainly a long weekend which cuts the spring nicely in half....

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How to Make Finnish Friends? 7 Steps that Help You Succeed

How to Make Finnish Friends? 7 Steps that Help You Succeed

Making friends as an adult is difficult. Making Finnish friends as an adult seems even more difficult. But why? As a Finn, I'll try my best to share information and tips about Finnish culture so that that you'll enjoy more of your time in Finland or our company,...

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TOP 5 Dreamiest Glass Igloos in Finland + Tips for Booking

TOP 5 Dreamiest Glass Igloos in Finland + Tips for Booking

*In commercial collaboration with the award-winning glass igloo destination - Arctic Land Adventure. Please note that this post has affiliate links. If you buy through my links, at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission, which helps the upkeep of...

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Finnish Sauna Etiquette – How to Do Sauna Like a Finn!

Finnish Sauna Etiquette – How to Do Sauna Like a Finn!

The Finnish sauna etiquette may feel like a mystery before your first visit to Finland. It's totally understandable if the whole Finnish sauna culture in general sounds intimidating. There might be several questions on your mind! Seriously, are you naked in a sauna,...

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Travel Planning

How to Pick the Best Finland Guide Book (TOP 5 by a Finn)

How to Pick the Best Finland Guide Book (TOP 5 by a Finn)

When it comes to finding a Finland guide book, there are surprisingly many options even though Finland isn’t the most popular travel destination. As my mission is to help you with all things Finnish, I have spent the last couple of weeks researching the most popular Finland guide books on the market.

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Lapland Packing List: What to Pack for Winter Finland?

Lapland Packing List: What to Pack for Winter Finland?

Are you feeling excited but a tiny bit worried about how to be prepared for the Finnish winter? Getting ready for another climate is difficult. I bet the most headache is due to the winter’s extreme cold, right? This post aims to give you a massive sigh of relief!

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50 Cultural Facts on Finland that Help You Understand Finns

50 Cultural Facts on Finland that Help You Understand Finns

It is the culture that makes a place unique and, as we are talking about Finland here, a little bit weird. It is the culture that makes you say what? Whaaat?! I feel that the relatively odd Finnish habits are a part of our charm. A major part of our charm. Actually,...

read more
How to Make Finnish Friends? 7 Steps that Help You Succeed

How to Make Finnish Friends? 7 Steps that Help You Succeed

Making friends as an adult is difficult. Making Finnish friends as an adult seems even more difficult. But why? As a Finn, I'll try my best to share information and tips about Finnish culture so that that you'll enjoy more of your time in Finland or our company,...

read more

100 Ideas to Do in My Helsinki

Her Finland is a Finland blog to help you experience Finland to the fullest!

Helsinki is a pocket-size Metropolis – a mix of Finnish straightforwardness and Nordic functionality with a dash of continental elegance.

Over the years, I’ve explored the city inside out. I put together a local’s ultimate guide to give you 100 ideas that you can do when you visit Helsinki!

After reading this guide, I hope that Helsinki feels like a second home to you.

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