Finland is definitely the home country of sports enthusiasts. As many other countries have a few big sports that people are crazy about, the situation in Finland is a bit different.
These facts help you understand why Finns are total sports nuts!
#1 A winning Finn
Here any sport, no matter how small, can create a huge spectator interest. It just needs to include one ingredient: a winning Finn.
We celebrate all wins, whether they are in major sports or in shooting, curling, bike orienteering or aerobics.
#2 Finnish specialties
Furthermore, over the years, we have come up with quite innovative sports by ourselves. That way we make sure that there are at least a couple of World Championships easily at our reach.
#3 Willing to try anything
In my opinion, we Finns get easily excited and like to try out different sports.
Sports like frisbee golf, badminton, weightlifting, and parkour are surprisingly popular among different age groups in Finland.
#4 Collection of gear
We store a massive amount of equipment (balls, bats, sticks and winter sports gear) so that we have the chance to do whatever we are in the mood for.
And not only at our home, because of course, but we might also have double equipment at the cabin!
#5 Volunteer work
Weekly, many Finns do hours of volunteer work in sports club supporting their operation, especially if that work enables their children to do that particular sport.
Finnish dads are particularly pitching in in this work. A combination of a demanding job and five training sessions per week is a strict routine.
#6 Ice Hockey
All Finns have a soft spot for ice hockey. A true life-long relationship is the one with your ice hockey team.
In Finnish culture, you can count it as a quality time, when you take your reluctant children to see a match. A double win for you!
#7 Competitive, anyone?
Everyday situations turn quickly into competition fantasies in our heads. A Finn can truly enjoy himself driving (too) fast on the crooked sand roads imagining to be a rally driver.
The Finnish ladies are cut from the same cloth. A cute date night can escalate into moping and unspoken irritation because honestly – it just sucks to lose.