Typical Things About Life in Finland That Will Amaze Even the Most Experienced Tourists

Did you know that in Finland
children listen to dinosaurs who play heavy metal, men can carry their wives to
win beer, and mayors are thrown into water for good deeds? In this article we
will tell you about the things that the Land of a Thousand Lakes is famous for,
except Nokia and Moomintroll.
We at Bright Side have found
the most intriguing facts about Finland that will even amaze the people who
have visited this unbelievable country.
1.
Parking for dogs near stores and other places



Typical Things About Life in Finland That Will Amaze Even the Most Experienced Tourists
There is a law in Finland that
makes everyone build special parking spots for dogs. Business owners can be
fined if they don’t have these parking spots.
2.
Swords for doctors



At some Finnish universities,
they still have the tradition that when someone gets their PhD, the doctors are
rewarded not only with a diploma but also with a sword. The only downside is
that you have to buy the sword yourself.
3.
People from Finland are avid readers.



            Typical Things About Life in Finland That Will Amaze Even the Most Experienced Tourists
The Finns are one of the most
avid reading nations in the world. The population of Finland is just over 5
million people but every year they borrow more than 67 million books from
libraries. Private libraries can even be found in gas stations. And the most
amazing thing is that in some big libraries, you can borrow not only books but musical
instruments, sports equipment, and even sewing machines.
4.
Dogs for reading


There are seeing-eye dogs that
help blind people, and in Finland, there are special reading dogs that help
children learn the difficult Finnish language.
5.
Language of elves



Typical Things About Life in Finland That Will Amaze Even the Most Experienced Tourists
The Finnish language is one of
the most difficult languages in the world and John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was so
inspired by it that he took it as the base of the language of elves. There are
40 synonyms for “snow” in the Finnish language, but not a single word to say
“please.” However, there are a lot of funny words that other languages don’t
have, for example, kalsarikännit which means “drinking in underwear.” Also,
there is no future tense in the Finnish language.
6.
Bonus for returning from vacation



             Typical Things About Life in Finland That Will Amaze Even the Most Experienced Tourists
In order to stimulate
employees to return from vacation, Finnish companies pay them a special bonus
when they comes back to the office. Nobody hides how much they earn because, in
Finland, it’s easy to find out how much your neighbor makes by simply calling a
special number.
7.
Fines depend on income



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The size of the fine for
speeding in Finland directly depends on how much a person earns. The higher the
salary, the bigger the fine. One of the top managers of a huge Finnish company
had to pay the biggest fine in history — €116,000. He was driving at 75 km/h
where the maximum speed was 50 km/h.
8.
Police reindeer



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In some countries there are
Mounted Police, but in Finland reindeer help policemen. This mostly serves a
marketing purpose — to attract tourists to the northern parts of the country.
9.
Marketing for introverts



Typical Things About Life in Finland That Will Amaze Even the Most Experienced Tourists
The Finns sometimes love
spending time alone so there are bars where they can drink alone and in
supermarkets there are special baskets for single shoppers (Sinkkukori).
10.
Beer fans



       Typical Things About Life in Finland That Will Amaze Even the Most Experienced Tourists
An average person from Finland
drinks 85 liters of beer a year. It’s no wonder that there are special offers
in Finnish supermarkets to buy 1,000 cans of beer at the same time.
11.
Houses for student parties



Typical Things About Life in Finland That Will Amaze Even the Most Experienced Tourists
Almost every big university in
Finland owns “party houses” that students can rent for free to have any event
they want, even an event with alcohol. They look like regular houses with huge
living rooms, several bedrooms, and saunas.
12.
Coffee fans



Typical Things About Life in Finland That Will Amaze Even the Most Experienced Tourists
Finland is first in the world
on the list of countries with high coffee consumption. An average person from
Finland uses 12 kg of coffee a year. Italians, for example, average only 5 kg a
year.
13.
Helsinki is the most honest city in the world.



Typical Things About Life in Finland That Will Amaze Even the Most Experienced Tourists
According to an unusual
experiment that was conducted in 16 cities around the world, the capital of
Finland was declared the city with the most honest people. The research
experiment entailed putting 12 wallets with a phone number, a family photo, and
a little cash around the city. 11 out of 12 wallets were returned to their
owners in Helsinki, whereas in other countries only half of them were returned.
14.
Saunas everywhere



            Typical Things About Life in Finland That Will Amaze Even the Most Experienced Tourists
As we said before, there are 5
million people in Finland. And there are 2 million saunas — more than there are
cars. Every big company and public institution has saunas for their employees
and even the prisoners in Finland can visit a sauna once a week. And the most
original place where you can visit a sauna is a fast food chain in Helsinki.
15.
More metal for everyone



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In Finland there exists the
largest number of metal bands per capita. There are more than 600 bands for
every million people and even children have their own favorite metal band
called Hevisaurus. The musicians of this band perform in dinosaur costumes and
sing educational songs.
16.
National Sleepy Head Day



Typical Things About Life in Finland That Will Amaze Even the Most Experienced Tourists
National Sleepy Head Day is a
fun tradition in some Finnish families where the one who wakes up later than
the others is thrown into water. In Naantali, this holiday is special: a
citizen who has made a huge contribution to the development of the city is
thrown into water and all mayors since 1950 have been honored in this way.
17.
Country of unusual competitions



Typical Things About Life in Finland That Will Amaze Even the Most Experienced Tourists
Aside from the unusual
competition where men have to carry their wives, this country is famous for the
competition where you have to throw your phone and a festival where contestants
play an imaginary guitar.
Bonus:
Finnish delicacies



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The recipe for the unusual
Finnish shot is very simple: cut the middle of a sausage into a bowl shape,
pour vodka inside, and put a drop of mustard on your hand. Lick the mustard
first and then drink the shot and eat the sausage.

And those who love the
combination of salty and sweet foods will love Finnish chocolates with smelt.
Have you ever been to Finland?
What amazed you the most about this country? Tell us in the comment section
below!
SOURCE:
BRIGHTSIDE
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.