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Ruisleipä - Rye bread

Thursday June 27th, 2013. 01:18 AM. Published under Finland culture, helsinki. No Comments.

There are some regional variations of traditional dark Finnish bread across the country, but the concept is the same - fibre-rich, nutritious, low-fat baking, with a sour dough base. This is why the overtly non-sweet taste of Finnish ruisleipä distinguishes it from similar rye breads of other countries, and often doesn’t always suit the taste buds of all foreigners. However, it is one of the Finnish best-selling breads.
– by Evgenie Bogdanov. (for SixDegrees magazine.)

Now my opinion:
I like a lot Finnish bread that has a mix of rye (15%) and wheat. But pure rye bread is not my thing at all. Maybe healthier than white bread, but it wasn’t invented to enjoy.

This is an TV advert of Jälkiuunipala, a rye bread made with low temperature (according to the Wikipedia), to get it dense and hard as a rock. And the Finns like it !

As Hard as Life.
The father says “Are you hungry or not?”

Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

Wednesday June 5th, 2013. 11:57 AM. Published under Finland culture. No Comments.


Interesting article in BBC Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes


Saturday May 25th, 2013. 11:21 AM. Published under Finland culture, Uncategorized. No Comments.


I wrote an article on medium.com about Xylitol and Finland. Check it out.

Buscando trabajo en Finlandia

Wednesday April 17th, 2013. 11:25 AM. Published under Finland culture, Job, helsinki. 5 Comments.

Sorry, this entry is only available in español.

Do people eat reindeer meat in Finland?

Tuesday March 26th, 2013. 01:36 PM. Published under Finland culture, Spain. 4 Comments.

Yes, but rarely. Finns don’t eat normally reindeer meat, although I see it constantly being promoted to tourists. The typical reindeer dish from Lapland is poronkäristys .
This capture is from Helsinki Times newspaper, where you can see that reindeer meat consumption by average is only 0.5 Kg per person. And I guess that it was served to tourists.

Should I make a joke about Horse consumption and Findus? Oh well.

And yes, in Spain we love meat.
World Meat consumption http://chartsbin.com/view/bhy
Source: http://lihatiedotus.fi/www/fi/tilastot/lihan_kulutus_euroopassa.php

Finland - Land of the Midnight Sun

Friday March 8th, 2013. 12:43 PM. Published under Finland culture, Music, Videos. 4 Comments.

New video promoting Finland and its endless Summer nights under the Midnight Sun. More info in visitfinland.com or finland.fi.

Don’t think about the mosquitos, just enjoy the music and relax with the video:

Did you know this blog is part of finland.fi? (Spanish Blogs Section, olé)

Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki Times and SixDegrees

Saturday December 8th, 2012. 02:11 PM. Published under Finland culture, Opinion, helsinki. 1 Comment.

As a foreigner in Finland, I don’t talk fluently Finnish, so I appreciate a lot every time I can grab some news and information in English about Finland.

Let’s explore some options:

One of the best ways to know what’s happening in Finland it was the English online version of Helsingin Sanomat (the main newspaper in Finland). But, as you can read in their website they just closed it this year 2012:

Helsingin Sanomat’s English-language digest, the International Edition, launched in 1999, closed down in its present form on Friday October 26th

Other option is Helsinki Times, a weekly newspaper. I’ve bought it some times and currently I’ve subscribed 3 months for 20€ (online version)


Helsinki Times is an independent weekly newspaper covering news and events in Finland. Available on annual subscription, and on sale at R-kioskis

The last option is a free monthly magazine called SixDegrees. You can find it in piles normally in crowded streets in Helsinki or inside the train station or shopping malls. Their style is much more focused on multicultural issues / entertainment.


You can read 6Degrees online from http://www.lehtiluukku.fi/pub?id=24329 (click the button Lue lehteä ilmaiseksi )

They have a section Finnish after Dark: Learning the Finnish they don’t teach in school.

I found it normally quite funny, I will end this blog post with it:

Finnish: Tuparit
English: Housewarming

While Finns may not always invite people to their homes very often, the housewarming party is a notable exception. The best ones are loud, wild … and include free drinks and cake. It’s a great opportunity to praise the hosts taste in decor, marvel over the low rent, and then spend the rest of the evening spilling red wine on their carpets and infuriating their neighbors by playing the White Stripes at full volume.

* Jarilla on tuparit siellä poikamiesboksissa lauantaina. Oot sä menossa?
* Ehkä. Mä en oo keksiny mitään hyvää tuparilahjaa.
* No, hei! Vie kilo suolaa, jälkiuunileipä ja kossupullo. Kyllä ne sinkkumiehelle kelpaa.

* Jari has having his housewarming at his bachelor pad Saturday. Are you going?
* Maybe. I don’t know what to bring, though.
* Bring the usual bread an salt - and koskenkorva. These are sure to be lot of single men there!

By Twitter, Jani recommended also:

and Therese:

Molotov cocktail

Sunday July 1st, 2012. 03:44 AM. Published under Finland culture, History, Videos. 5 Comments.

Everyday you learn something new.


The name “Molotov cocktail” was coined by the Finns during the Winter War.


During the Winter War, the Soviet air force made extensive use of incendiaries and cluster bombs against Finnish troops and fortifications. When Soviet People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs Vyacheslav Molotov claimed in radio broadcasts that they were not bombing, but delivering food to the starving Finns, the Finns, who were not starving, started to call the air bombs Molotov bread baskets. Soon they responded by attacking advancing tanks with “Molotov cocktails”, which were “a drink to go with the food”.

Molotov cocktails were eventually mass-produced by the Alko corporation at its Rajamäki distillery, bundled with matches to light them. Production totalled 450,000 during the Winter War.

Although it can’t be said that Molotov cocktail was a Finnish invention. Improvised incendiary devices were used for the first time in the Spanish Civil War between July 1936 and April 1939, before they became known as “Molotov cocktails”.

More in Wikipedia

How to open a door

Sunday April 8th, 2012. 02:08 PM. Published under About the blog, Ads, Computer stuff, Finland culture, Funny, Ice Hockey, Summer, Videos, helsinki. 3 Comments.

I found in the comments of Big in Finland: 20 curiosities about Finland a little gem: A Finnish instructional video from 1979:

Don’t miss the comments in Youtube hilarious :)

How Finnish language sounds

Tuesday December 6th, 2011. 03:00 PM. Published under Finland culture, helsinki. 2 Comments.

Audio in this page.
Text in this page.

It’s a mini-novel of Juhani Aho, from 1889, called Helsinkiin.
Juhani was one of the first professional writers in Finland. A statue of Juhani Aho en Eira, Helsinki: