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21 Cold Weather Beauty Essentials & Tips from Finland

21 Cold Weather Beauty Essentials & Tips from Finland

Many people might not realize that with freezing temperatures, we don’t just have to make sure that we have enough clothes. We must take extra good care of our skin, too. Especially us women because our skin is thin. Let me tell you the best winter beauty hacks and essentials from Finland!

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Oulanka National Park + 20 Must-Do Things in Ruka-Kuusamo [EPIC GUIDE]

Oulanka National Park + 20 Must-Do Things in Ruka-Kuusamo [EPIC GUIDE]

You know how most incredible places have a hit song written about them, and no matter how old you are, you’ve heard that particular song? Well, here in Finland, Kuusamo is that legendary place that inspired a chart-topping song.In Kuusamo, there are two things that stand out to me as a Finn: the awe-inspiring nature and attention to wellbeing.

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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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What Really Happens at Finnish Homes at Christmas

What Really Happens at Finnish Homes at Christmas

Finnish Christmas season is notorious for too-high expectations among all family members, big and small. Our biggest celebration happens on 24 December. The two following days are a slumber party at home. By the evening of Boxing Day, everyone has had an overdose of...

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Discover the Finnish Language

Unlocking the Finnish Language: Basics + Where to Start?

Unlocking the Finnish Language: Basics + Where to Start?

The basics of the Finnish Language are fascinating for two reasons. First of all, Finnish seems so random to the majority of people around the world. For example, Finnish is not even remotely related to either languages of our neighboring countries, Russia and Sweden....

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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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Cook 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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Dive into the Finnish Lifestyle

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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Travel Dreams Come True

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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21 Cold Weather Beauty Essentials & Tips from Finland

21 Cold Weather Beauty Essentials & Tips from Finland

Many people might not realize that with freezing temperatures, we don’t just have to make sure that we have enough clothes. We must take extra good care of our skin, too. Especially us women because our skin is thin. Let me tell you the best winter beauty hacks and essentials from Finland!

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