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The summer in Finland is short and there is little snow, they say. There is a little something to this joke because, compared to the long winter time, the warm months are quickly over again. But they can get warmer and more beautiful than many Central Europeans think. And then the Finns know how to use it all the more intensely. In this article I will show you how the happiest country in the world enjoys its summer - with fun games and activities, the main thing is to be outdoors in the wonderful nature! Find out how you can bring a piece of Finnish summer to your home.
The transition from - at least in the northern parts of the country - still snowy winter to the bright nights of Finnish summer often happens suddenly. The temperature was just below freezing and a few days later the temperatures skyrocket to pleasantly early summer values and the first Finns get ice cream at the kiosk.
At the end of May, the children sing the traditional song "Suvivirsi" at school, shortly afterwards the little ones say goodbye to the long summer vacation. Adults also usually set their vacation so that they have a long free time during the summer months. Nobody wants to work on midsummer - called Juhannus in Finland. Many offices are almost referenced for several weeks and people are drawn out of their city apartment into nature, to Mökki. A large number of Finnish families still own such a summer house today.
Juhannus is a festival in Finland that is mainly celebrated in private. There are public midsummer fires here and there, but most of them get together with their loved ones and have a carefree evening. At the Mökki you can chill in comfortable Finnish wooden furniture or grill together. Neither the typical Finnish "Grillimakkara" (grill sausage), which consists more of flour than meat and is still cult somewhere, and the delicious Finnish mustard are not missing.
For most Finns, it also includes opening a cool beer or two, a bubbly cider ("Siideri") or a refreshing lonkero. Unfortunately, one or the other exaggerates, swims out on the lake and never comes back. Also with the boat capsize and drown at Juhannus again and again people who have given the alcohol a trace too uninhibited. Therefore, it is better to enjoy wisely and stay ashore after a few drinks, then midsummer will be remembered as a happy festival.
By the way, if you turn on the Finnish radio around Juhannus, you will hear various new and old summer hits that represent the perfect soundtrack for the long days and short nights. If you can't celebrate Juhannus in Finland, just get our tasting package and be on June 19th. from 8 p.m. in the Facebook livestream when we broadcast live from Tanja's garden. Together we will taste the excellent Finnish beers from Laitilan Kukko - including Pils, Helles and Dunkles - while crunching the delicious Taffel Ranch chips and playing fun games. That will be fun!
AND: You can win a beautiful piece of jewelry worth 109€ from the Finnish brand Lumoava!
In addition to grilling and feasting, the sauna - how could it be otherwise - also plays an important role at Juhannus. This is celebrated with the Finns. The sauna heater is fired with wood and the cut birch branches are laid out, with which the body is "tapped" from top to bottom. This is conducive to blood circulation and an ancient ritual. Depending on where you are in Finland, the branches are called either "vihta" or "vasta".
Many Finns still prefer infusions with pure water, but in some places different sauna scents are being experimented with. As always with the Finnish sauna, whatever the sauna company likes is allowed. It's that easy sometimes. If you want to bring a little Finnish sauna feeling to your home, you can use birch shampoo or tar shampoo, for example. The latter sounds more funky than it actually is. By the way, everyone in Finland also determines when it is enough with the sauna slopes. It is important that you feel good about it.
If you have ever traveled through Finland, you will have noticed them: the traditional carpet washing stations on the banks of the countless lakes. Here the Finns come together in the summer and wash their carpets from apartments or moquis. The whole thing is an ancient ritual, which is followed with great attention to detail. If there is a smell of the Finnish cult all-purpose cleaner Mäntysuopa all over the jetty, happiness and satisfaction are palpable.
A "Tikkataulu" should not be missing from any Mökki. The darts-like arrow game has been widely used in Finland for generations. The cult factor of the "Mölkky" is just as high. This Finnish throwing game requires a little skill and is a lot of fun on a warm summer evening.
And if you want to keep going in the Mökki in the evening, it is quite possible that the legendary board game "Afrikan tähti" will be unpacked. To this day, many Finns also cheer on the “Pesäpallo” team sport or even play this specially Finnish variant of baseball in a club.
Diverse activities in nature and in or on the water are part of the Finnish summer, like the puck for ice hockey. In the crystal-clear lakes you can go swimming, with or without a sauna, take a row with a rowing boat or canoe and of course go fishing. What tastes better than freshly caught fish that is prepared a few meters from the boathouse itself? Add a few crispy Finnish rye or potato chips and delicious salads and summer happiness is complete.
In addition to fishing and water sports, there are hikes through the quiet forests, in which not only bears can be found in part (here it helps to sing out loud so that they don't even get close!), But also lots of berries. Depending on the season, it is teeming with cranberries or blueberries, which look particularly pretty in a traditional Kuksa. Another delight of the Finnish summer is the small, but all the sweeter strawberries. I love them!
In order to make their Mökki nice and cozy, the Finns are happy to invest the necessary time and also make one or the other investment. In addition to the sauna culture, a hot tub culture has established itself that is now spilling over to Central Europe. What could be more relaxing than to end the evening after a couple of saunas in a pleasantly tempered hot tub with your loved ones and good drinks? No wonder that the Finns live in the happiest country in the world, because they really get the best out of their short summer.
In our competition you can win a special package of enjoyment, which is only available for the winner! Included are 1 can of Lapin Kulta beer, 1 can of Karhu beer, 1 bottle of Lapponia cloudberry liqueur, 1 small bottle of Finlandia vodka, 1 can of Jaffa orange lemonade, 1 pack of Fazer Gemisha, 1 pack of Fazer Salmiakki, 1 pack of Fazer Moomin fruit gums, 1 pack of Linkosuo rye chips and several Fazer chocolate bars. How can you win? Just click on the competition post on our Facebook or Instagram page and tell us which is your favorite Nordic drink.
Participation in the competition is possible until Thursday, June 18, 2020. The winner will be shown for the first time in the livestream broadcast "Kalsarikännit # 7 - Juhannus Edition" on June 19. announced at 8 p.m. live on the FinnTouch Facebook page and later personally notified.
Conditions of participation Gourmet package competition
• You must be at least 18 years old to participate.
• The competition takes place from 11.06. until 18.06.2020 at 11:59 p.m. The deadline for participation is on June 18, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Comments posted afterwards will no longer count towards this raffle.
• By participating in the competition, you agree to these terms and conditions and agree that if we win, we will publish your first name and last name on the Internet.
• There is a gourmet package consisting of various products from the Little Finland online shop range to be won (see detailed description in the article).
• Participation takes place by posting a comment stating your own favorite Finnish drink under one of the social media postings belonging to this blog post and linked in the post on Little Finland's Facebook and Instagram pages. Facebook and Instagram are in no way connected to the competition.
• Participation is free; each person can only take part in the competition once.
• The winner will be determined by Little Finland within 7 days of the end of the competition. The judges' decision is final. If you have won, we will notify you in writing. The first entry of the winner will take place on June 19. from 8 p.m. in the livestream program "Kalsarikännit # 7" on the Facebook channel of our partner FinnTouch.
• If you have not responded to the notification within 7 days, we will determine a new winner and notify you.
• A cash payment of the prize is not possible.
Text: René Schwarz
About the author:
René Schwarz grew up half Finnish and bilingual. The self-employed copywriter and author travels regularly in his second home country and loves to share his passion for Suomi with others. He has been doing this on his blog FinnTouch since the beginning of 2016, where you can find numerous travel tips for Finland, interviews with Finnish artists and very personal stories. Have a look at www.finntouch.de!
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