Finland In a Nutshell Is Just COOL

A windy, rainy day in December at the Senate Square in Helsinki. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

In Poland, the most popular subject of small talk is the weather. “Oh, look at the sunshine! Isn’t this a beautiful day?” Or more often you can here people complaining: “Oh, Lord, I hate such autumn drizzle!” This is simply just the safest subject, a kind, non-pushy way to start talking to a stranger, colleague or a distant relative.

Dear readers of Finland Today, we don’t know each other very well, so what a better way to start? The weather was, after all, the first item on the long, long list of things that surprised me in your country.

But firstly, let’s go back to the story of my band in my first column. The Finnish Fever Freaks just decided to head to Finland. They packed everything that seemed to be important (suitcase 90% full of various jumpers) and with heavy, comfortable shoes on their legs they started their journey. A journey to remember.

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