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

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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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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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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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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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Finnish Food

Finnish Oven Pancake: Favorite Homey Dessert in Finland

Finnish Oven Pancake: Favorite Homey Dessert in Finland

The Finnish oven pancake (pannukakku in Finnish) is an ordinary dessert in any Finnish home. But when I say ordinary, I mean it in the most loving way. You see, there isn’t a Finnish kid who doesn’t have a warm memory of a just-baked crispy-on-the-top and...

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Finnish Culture

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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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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The Best Guide to Dating Finnish Guys

The Best Guide to Dating Finnish Guys

Dating Finnish guys, or hopefully, dating a Finnish man, is potentially miraculous! Are you dreaming of a relationship with him but have no idea how to proceed? Thanks to the mighty internet and due to my natural background (aka one Finnish lady is greeting you here...

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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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15+ Famous Finnish Sayings that Will Inspire You

15+ 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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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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