Researching about the culture of the Finnish, I found out rather quickly that saunas are integral part of their culture. Imagine that the estimate of the number of saunas in this country stands at around 3.5 million! (4) This means that all of Finland could be in Saunas all at once! “There are saunas inContinue reading “The Finnish Sauna”
This is the first post where I will connect somewhere, something close to my home or in my home or a personal real experience in that country. I will call the first Home Connections and the latter Personal Travel Experience. Today I will share my first home connection! While researching what an esker was backContinue reading “Great Esker Park. A Home Connection!”
Today I made a typical Finnish dessert that is sold in many cafes and restaurants in Finland. It really is more than a pie, it’s like a combination of a cheese cake and a tart. The rye crust with the cardamon gives it a very original absolutely delicious taste! I had never cooked with neitherContinue reading “Making Mustikkapiirakka (Finnish Blueberry Pie)”
Helsinki is the capital of Finland and home to about one fifth of its 5.5 million people. It is this country’s most important center for politics, education, finance, culture, and research. The name Helsinki may have derived from the Swedish word helsing, an archaic form of the word hals (neck), referring to the narrowest part of a river,Continue reading “Helsinki, Finland’s Capital”
This is a popular Christmas craft in Finland, and it has been made in various nearby countries as well for hundreds of years. It’s name is believed to come from the German word for heaven: Himmel. It was originally made from straw and hung over the kitchen tables to procure a good harvest. The moreContinue reading “Himmeli, a Geometric Heavenly Craft!”
8,000-1,500 BCE Tribes believed to be ancestors of the Sami arrive from Easter Europe and settle on the Arctic coast of present-day Finland. 500 BCE-400 BCE The Finns cross the Baltic and settle in FInland. Their language becomes modern Finnish. 800 CE Fleets of Swedish adventurers called Vikings come to Finland. 1155 King Erik ofContinue reading “The History of Finland. Timeline.”
Finland has three main topographic or landscape regions. The Uplands The Uplands average about 1,500 feet (457 m) above sea level. They rise north of the Artic Circle in a region called Lapalnd. Here we find Finland’s highest peak ” Haltiatunturi ” reaching 4, 344 feet (1,324 m) near Norway. I read that the peakContinue reading “Lakes, Eskers… Finland’s Geography!”
Finland is a northern European country. It is one of the world’s most northern and geographically remote countries and is subject to a severe climate. Nearly two-thirds of Finland is blanketed by thick woodlands, making it the most densely forested country in Europe. (1) It became part of the European Union in 1995. Finland isContinue reading “General Facts About Finland”
Today I randomly picked country 2 and it is Finland! It is another country I know absolutely nothing about! So excited to get to know it!
We say goodbye to Slovakia with a short virtual trip that includes the highlights of the places I learned about. I tried creating this in Google Earth thinking other people would be able to enjoy it as a tour. But I couldn’t find a way to publish it, so what I’m going to do isContinue reading “Virtual Trip to Slovakia!”
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