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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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Discover the 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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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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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

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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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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Fun Things to Do in Finland

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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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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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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