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

My passion is to help you experience Finland and Finnish culture wherever you are. 

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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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Epic Finland Summer Guide: 20 Practical & Cultural Tips

Epic Finland Summer Guide: 20 Practical & Cultural Tips

Summer in Finland is the most waited time of the year. It is like Christmas, but better, because it usually lasts more than one day. A popular Finnish saying states that you don’t need to check the weather to see if it’s summer in Finland, you just look at the...

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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

7 Finnish Foods to Try at a Grocery Store

7 Finnish Foods to Try at a Grocery Store

Are you on a quest to find some amazing Finnish foods in a grocery store and puzzled by the options? Let a Finn help you out! As a fellow foodie, I've collected here seven Finnish foods you can find in a local supermarket and should totally taste when you're in...

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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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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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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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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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