Etelä-Suomi Local Customs

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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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  • Vappu (1st. of May)

    Helsinki Local Customs

    This is to tell you a little bit about a Finnish tradition called Vappu (the 1st of May). We have big Vappu celebrations over here with dancing in the streets, lots of balloons and funny masks etc. And it's always been a students' day in this country even though workers tried to take over at some point and claim it their day. You can still see the...

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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

    When you tell people that the Finns still wash their carpets by hand, many do not believe this to be true. However, the tradition continues and in several water front places around the city, the evidence is apparent. Long live the old traditions!

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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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