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Etelä-Suomi Local Customs

  • No tipping in Finland (but you can leave...

    Helsinki Local Customs

    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 else in the world. You are not obliged to tip a certain amount (e.g. 10-20%), but as a general rule, I leave about 10% tip, if I am happy with the...

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  • Musta Makkara

    Tampere Local Customs

    If you ask anyone in Tampere which one is the most typical local food, the answer would be mustamakkara. This sausage (similar to black pudding, but thinner) consists of pork, pig blood, crushed rye and flour. Trust me, it tastes better than it sounds! Many things are said about how you should eat it. Mustamakkara is best eaten at a market stall....

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  • Sauna (The Finnish Sauna Society)

    Helsinki Local Customs

    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 people love relaxing and cleaning themselves in the sauna. The sauna is expensive to run so will only be warmed up for a couple of hours each day....

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  • Washing carpets at the beach

    Helsinki Local Customs

    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 women don their bikinis head to the beach and give their carpets a wash.

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  • Vappu (1st. of May)

    Helsinki Local Customs

    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 snowing!!! On the Eve of Vappu the Havis Amanda statue gets a bath and a student cap is placed on her head. On May 1st everyone wears their student caps...

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  • Breakfast

    This can be the typical breakfast you will get here: An egg, sausages, black sausage and Karelian pie

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