Helsinki Local Customs

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  • 1. No tipping in Finland (but you can leave small change)

    I don't actually agree with the 'no tipping' custom. Finnish people might not tip very often, but when they do tip, they show that they liked the food, the place and the service - just like anywhere...

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  • 2. Washing carpets at the beach

    Every Finnish house I ever visited was always scrupulously clean. In winter I had to place all my employer's rugs in the snow, let them harden a little, then beat them with a carpet beater. In summer...

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  • 3. Sauna (The Finnish Sauna Society)

    We deliberately chose a hotel with a swimming pool in Helsinki and were shocked to find the pool only opened around 2 hours per day. This is because the pool is part of the sauna experience. Finnish...

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  • 4. Vappu (1st. of May)

    I was fortunate enough to be in Finland for Vappu - May the 1st. This marks the beginnings of spring after a long, cold, dark winter and Finns wear their summer clothes for it even if it's still...

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  • 5. Alcohol

    My husband always says two old photos sum up Finland for him. In this first one he is leaving an Alko shop with a big grin on his face having just bought some...

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  • 6. The Three Smiths Statue

    The Three Smiths Statue is a sculpture showing three blacksmiths hammering onto an anvil. It stands at the intersection of Aleksanterinkatu and Mannerheimintie....

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  • 7. Mannerheim Statue

    There is a statue of General Mannerheim on the road that is named after him. Mannerheim was a Finnish military leader and statesman. He was born on the 4th of...

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  • 8. Memorial Plaques

    Just like many other cities, Helsinki has a great many memorial plaques. It does seem that there is no real control over them, many look the same and many look...

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  • 9. Road/renovation/building works

    Just like in every other city, road works are a familiar sight in Helsinki every year. They usually take place in summer for the simple fact that it might not...

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  • 10. Summer Solstice (Juhannus)

    Before 1316, the summer solstice was called 'Ukon juhla', after an old Finnish god 'Ukko'. In Karelia, people had several bonfires side by side, the biggest of...

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  • 11. Ice and snow in advertising.

    Well it's not really a local custom, I know, but we were amused by a promotion for a soft drink. Cans of the drink, frozen solid into huge blocks of ice were...

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  • 12. Language

    Many people tend to judge the Finnish language as a very difficult language. It can be true (if you want to speak fluently) but I can tell you there are...

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  • 13. Ice swimming

    Swimming in a frozen lake or sea is regularly practised by approximately 120,000 brave individuals in this country. They say that a refreshing dip in the icy...

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  • 14. Liqourice ice cream

    Liqourice is pretty popular in the Nordic countries, Northern Germany and the Netherlands. However, Finland was the first country where I have seen liqourice as...

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  • 15. Finnish beer

    Finland is not too popular for its beer. The most well known brand is probably Lapin Kulta which is brewed in Lapland and therefore also known as Lapland's...

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  • 16. Midsummer pole

    The erection of a midsummer pole on midsummer eve (24th of June) is an old Finnish tradition dating back to the late 19th century. The pole is usually raised...

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  • 17. Don't bother learning Finnish

    The Finnish language is extremely difficult to learn. Unless you are Hungarian or Estonian, the language is not similar to any that you currently speak and the...

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  • 18. World Design Capital 2012

    Helsinki has been designated as the "World Design Capital" for 2012.According to the World Design Capital website, Helsinki was chosen because:"In Helsinki,...

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  • 19. Poets of the Fall

    Poets of the Fall are a great rock band from Finland. They generally have at least one tour throughout the country each year, sometimes more, and Helsinki is...

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  • 20. Hullat Paivat

    It seems that this is becoming a regular happening in Helsinki and there are yellow bags everywhere! The Stockmann "Crazy Days"sale is always busy for them -...

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  • 21. Digital Television

    This may not be of use to many travellers who visit for a brief period - however, the Finnish government has switched off all analogue television signal...

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  • 22. The Stockmann Christmas Display

    I can only apologise for the poor photography. The windows seem to show a reflection as I took the pictures. The helsinki department store always has a...

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  • 23. Some words about alcohol

    As you may already know Finns do enjoy the status of being a real drinking nation. That is to some extent true. In Finland legal drinking age and the age limit...

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  • 24. Celebrating Midsummer night on Seurasaari

    As you may know Finland and other countries of the very northern parts of the world celebrate the nightless night called JUHANNUS in June (the date varies every...

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  • 25. The girls and boys of Finland

    What does a typical young finn look like? Check the link for a comprehensive collection of Finnish exhibitionists. Some pictures are rather raunchy...Others...

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