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13 Best Things in Finnish Homes

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Here are 13 things that you can find in a Finnish home. It would be pretty much impossible for a Finn to cope without them.

Let this be a warning, once you get used to these features, you simply won’t want to live without them!

Showers in Finland

It’s lovely to take a shower in Finland. The water pressure is strong and steady. The temperature is easy to regulate.

Hot water comes instantly, not after waiting 10 minutes for it to heat up, and there is plenty of it for the whole family.
Finnish shower

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Single-person duvets

If you’re looking to take your sleep game to the next level and avoid those bedtime tug-of-wars over the covers, consider switching to a single-person duvet. It is a very common thing in Finland and other Nordic countries to have your own duvet even if you share a bed with a partner.

Joutsen down duvets became a game-changer for me and my hubby. Since I am the one who is always cold and he is always hot, we got two different blankets (naturally!) – a warm and a cool one – and never looked back. No more wrestling matches in the middle of the night, comfortable temperatures – isn’t it heaven?

Here comes a little hack: if you enjoy comfort, but still like snuggling with you partner and worried about keeping the spark alive, try stitching your duvet covers together. I do it at my home and it works wonders!

If you want to upgrade your bedroom to a “pro-sleeper” level, I also highly recommend getting down pillows. Joutsen pillows have different height and softness – it will be easy to find a perfect one for you.

The best thing about Joutsen down products is that down actually goes through several cleaning stages: first, it is washed by the material supplier; then Joutsen Down System does its job, using water and hot air, without the use of any harsh chemicals. This ensures that all unwanted stuff like dust, grease and animal-based proteins are removed from the feathers, making the products safe, hygienic, warm and so light-weight. Joutsen down duvets and pillows have been awarded the Allergy label by the Finnish Allergy, Skin, and Asthma Federation. It’s a stamp of approval that assures users of the highest standards of cleanliness and safety.

Duvet covers with “hand holes”

In Finland, we use a bag type of a duvet cover. The duvet cover bag opens from the open corner of the cover. So comfortable and easy!

We cannot understand the impracticality of an extra bed sheet covered with a heavy blanket on top. Am I the only one who wakes up either having only the thin bed sheet on me or the heavy, coarse blanket?

Dedicated blanket for napping

There’s something special about having a blanket solely for napping. You wouldn’t want to nap under your regular duvet and mess up your sleeping schedule, would you?

Choosing a perfect blanket for naps will make a ritual out of your daytime relaxation and give you a sense of comfort and rest. I use one of the Joutsen’s Kulkuri down blankets: they are super comfortable, keep my body temperature at a perfect level and also very light-weight and portable. I often take mine with me when travelling or simply going to the cabin – naps are important and shouldn’t be ignored.

Filter coffee everywhere

Almost all Finnish homes have a filter coffee machine. That’s the best coffee in the world – a bit watery, self-made, cup of joe.

Personally, I would rather give up my microwave than my filter coffee machine.
Finnish Modern Log Home interior (6)

The Finnish Standard of Faucets

In the kitchen, in the toilet, in the bathroom, and in the utility room. The Finnish standard of faucets is pristine, even in older buildings. The functionality is impeccable.

We Finns never remember to appreciate our taps at home, but always realize that they are pure gold when we are abroad. Tap water is pure and safe to drink from any faucet in your home,

Toasty Warm Insulation

When I am feeling cold, my friends from other countries are amazed.

How can that be, you are from freezing Finland?

Well, that is the reason why. Finnish homes are very warm, perfected with excellent insulation. Triple glazed windows and underfloor heating are very common.

Some people are having their houses ridiculously warm so that they can have bare feet indoors all year long (Mum, I know you are reading this. Turn the temperature colder please).

The Finnish Sauna

This goes without saying. The sauna is a pretty amazing treat after a run or a hectic day at work.

finnish woodburning sauna

Locks in Finland

The quality of Finnish locks is unbeatable. They are intelligently built and super safe.

Is it normal for you to have three keys to your apartment? Be prepared to be jealous! In Finland, you would just have one key to all doors and a universal locking system.

Also, most locks open with only one hand which is, once again, practical. (I do not work for the Finnish key&lock industry, I am just terrible with locks in general, so this is a big deal for me.)

door locks in Finland

No shoes indoors

We never walk around inside the home with outdoor shoes. We like to think that how we keep our floors are clean, air fresh, and home in good condition. A pair of slippers or cozy wool socks are our favorite go-to for walking around the house. My recent favourite is Joutsen down slippers – it’s like wearing little clouds on your feet!

To many Finns, it feels so uncomfortable to leave shoes on, that we still take them off, no matter the host’s indifference on shoes in the home. Even in places where we know that other people are typically keeping them on (like hotels).

Our Kitchen Secret #1: Dish Drying Cabinet

Also known as astiankuivauskaapi in Finnish, this dish drying cabinet has been a genius invention that is so handy in the kitchen.

This type of cabinet is situated above the kitchen sink and has slotted shelved designed to drip-dry your washed dishes. You can find this treaseured space in every Finnish home.

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Our Kitchen Secret #2: Cheese Slicer

What can you find in every Finnish household and is used to slice cheese? It’s a juustohöylä (cheese slicer), a Norwegian innovation that Finns absolutely love. For example, the Finnish brand Fiskars makes design cheese slicers.

This tool is essential for Finnish breakfasts and snacks. And bonus, you can also slice cucumber with it too!

What’s your favorite aspect of Finnish homes?

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Kent Kokko

Thursday 12th of January 2023

I come from a long line of Finns and built a sauna in our home in Minnesota and more recently at our lake home in Wisconsin. I start every day with a sauna since I am retired


Monday 16th of January 2023

Hei Kent, thank you so much for commenting, it's awesome to meet you here. I'm happy to hear you have your own saunas in the US! A morning sauna is great!


Thursday 13th of October 2022

You left the very best thing about the finnish home out. The best thing about a finnish home, is finnish people. Finland and the finnish home, simply would not be Finland without the traditional finnish people I knew and met during my childhood.


Friday 14th of October 2022

Awww James, a big kiitos for the sweet comment!

R. Leppen

Thursday 11th of March 2021

You say locks but you did Not show any images. What do they look like? How are they different from a lock in the USA? Thank-you.


Tuesday 16th of March 2021

Hi, thank you so much for your comment and yes, thank you so much for pointing that out. The Finnish keys and locks use a cylinder mechanism, based on the use of rotating discs instead of the traditional springs and pins. When there's a house of an apartment building all locks belong to a system. That's how your one key works with every door you need to open but not for those that you shouldn't open. :)


Monday 19th of November 2018

I thought sure sauna would be #1. It took me a little while to get used to only the bag type of duvet cover but I did and it makes sense. One other thing I noticed is that washcloths aren't used, just a hand towel and bath towel. When I first got to the hotel I asked the housekeeper for one and he said, "We don't have those here." I got used to it but another one of the differences between here and there. I also liked the drain cabinet over the kitchen sink. Most homes here are have a window over the sink. They wouldn't have to but it's just the way houses have been built.

Varpu Pöyry

Wednesday 21st of November 2018

Oh you have such a great point, I have these in random order but maybe I should switch to a more logical list as I'm doing it with numbers! Thank you! You are so good with pointing out differences! We totally don't have washcloths! :D My dream kitchen would have a window over the counter, where I would cut vegetables or bake but it would also have the drain cabinet, nicely over the kitchen sink. ;)

Linda Niemi

Sunday 19th of August 2018

I LOVED the kitchen cabinets in Finland: put the wet dishes in and close the doors. They drip dry into the sink. Brilliant.

Varpu Pöyry

Sunday 19th of August 2018

Yes Linda!!! This is a must add to this list. This feature in Finnish kitchens is so handy!

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