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Frozen Sea in Finland

Thursday January 31st, 2013. 11:49 AM.[Winter, helsinki].

Some photos of January 2013, having a walk in front of Eira-Kaivopuisto area in Helsinki.

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Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki Times and SixDegrees

Saturday December 8th, 2012. 02:11 PM.[Finland culture, Opinion, helsinki].

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:

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Fishing under ice

Saturday November 10th, 2012. 03:23 PM.[Funny, Videos].

A video made by some really creative Finnish guys. Filmed in the lake Saarijärvi in Vaala, Finland

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Spaniards around the world

Tuesday August 28th, 2012. 11:02 AM.[Spain, Summer, Tampere, Videos, helsinki].

Video [in Spanish] about Spaniards living in Finland. It was recorded this spring-summer 2012.
Tampere, Helsinki, Turku

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Molotov cocktail

Sunday July 1st, 2012. 03:44 AM.[Finland culture, History, Videos].

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


Fazer’s Kismet

Thursday May 17th, 2012. 12:20 PM.[Photos, helsinki].

I love this chocolate bar from Fazer. I’ve been told that here in Finland is a classic. It has been produced since 1947 and it’s advertised with the slogan “Niin hyvää, ettei sanotuksi saa” (”So good it can’t be said”), that I found to be very true. It’s soo good.

Last week the package was redesigned (new in the bottom):


What’s your favorite Finnish snack? (btw, I hate Salmiakki)


Doña Julia Golf

Thursday May 17th, 2012. 11:57 AM.[Spain].

If you are thinking about going to Costa Del Sol (Spain) to play golf, I recommend you Doña Julia Golf (Pronounced Donya Hulia). My father is part of the team that is taking care of it and he’s really proud of the state of course. They are nice people and professional.


These pictures of Doña Julia Golf are actually in the winter. It’s sunny all around the year, yay!. That’s why it’s called Coast of the Sun.


How to open a door

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

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 :)


Helsinki 200

Sunday April 8th, 2012. 02:00 PM.[Quotes, helsinki].


The county governor of the provinces of Uusimaa and Häme, the perpetually inventive Gustaf Fredrik Stjernvall, presents the idea that Helsinki should become the capital. On 25 October 1810 Stjernvall duly wrote to State Secretary Mihail Speranski, in which he outlined his idea:

“Helsinki’s location between the new and old Finnish towns turns out to be favourable. The city also has an excellent harbour. Helsinki is ideally suited not only to be the capital of the Grand Duchy, but also a flourishing centre of foreign trade”, Stjernvall wrote in his letter, which he headed “A Most Humble Memorandum”.

The problem, however, was that Helsinki’s centre had been destroyed by the great fire of November 1808. Nonetheless, reconstruction brought with it new opportunities:

- “In order to have the appearance that befits its status, the city must be rebuilt in stone”, Stjernvall continued.


On 8 April (27 March on the Julian calendar), the Emperor signed the edict according to which Helsinki would become the Finnish capital.

Although Alexander I’s orders were followed, the decision provoked intense resentment in Turku.

Photo an text from http://www.helsinki200.fi

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How Finnish language sounds

Tuesday December 6th, 2011. 03:00 PM.[Finland culture, helsinki].

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: