Life in Finland

Finns are crazy – at least if you ask from a Swede!

October 25, 2018

The Finns love to hear what other nationalities think of them. Especially we want to know what the Swedes think of us. Finland and Sweden have a love-hate-relationship that usually is the most obvious during the Icehockey World Champion Cup. For us Finns, Sweden is an annoyingly successful country where people are a bit blonder, a bit prettier and a bit better in all aspects. Thank god, they…

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Tampere in summer – 10 tips

July 1, 2018

Hey guys, skip Helsinki and Lapland and come to Tampere! If you ask me, Tampere is the ultimately best summer town in Finland, and despite the fact that the main street looks horrible at the moment (they are building a tram line there), there are plenty of beautiful places to see and things to experience in this largest inland town in the Nordics. Let me introduce to you,…

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Tampere <3

December 23, 2017

Greetings from Finland! My flights went fine, despite the the strong windy weather in Malta. Well, the 5-hour transit time in Frankfurt was not all pleasure, nor the fact that I was in my hometown, Tampere, at 4 am. I was dead tired then, struggling to keep my eyes open. Three nights of solid eight hours of sleep can do wonders. I feel rested and relaxed. I could not…

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To Finland!

December 20, 2017

I had my last work shift for five days yesterday, and finally today I am returning back to Finland for the Christmas. The last two years, I have spent the Christmas days in Australia so I could not be more excited to hopefully see some snow and definitely taste some traditional Finnish Christmas food. It has been almost exactly five months since I came to Malta, and oh…

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Eräpyhä – conservation area with mystical history

July 5, 2017

Hundreds of years ago, sometime during the Bronze Age in Finland, hunters and other nomads used to come to a place called Eräpyhä (erä meaning something like wilderness and pyhä meaning holy). There they used to rest, gain strength and sacrifice to their old pagan gods of forest and water to thank them or ask for more luck in hunting and fishing. Who were these hunters? Which tribe did they belong…

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Brunch in Tampere: Café Pispala

June 19, 2017

Brunching has become a popular Saturday and Sunday tradition in Tampere, and there are several places to get your belly full: Café Fazer, Pella’s Café, Restaurant Henriks and many more. For me the perfect brunch consists of a smorgasbord of breakfast like dishes, like croissants, breads, smoothies, fruits and scrambled eggs added with some more lunch type varieties, like salads, prawns and cold and warm fish. One should not…

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New surprising adventures!

June 9, 2017

I’ve now been a bit over a month in Finland. I’ve enjoyed the company of my family, seen my friends, had overload of all Finnish rye bread varieties and dairy products and visited some very beautiful national parks and other sites. In a month I have seen the landscape changing from snow covered ground to a complete greenness everywhere when nature comes back to life. This is my…

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Tampere on a bike

June 3, 2017

One of the best ways of exploring new places, is to rent a bike and have a ride while enjoying the exercise and fresh air at the same time. My favourite scenic ride in Tampere is route that takes you around Pyhäjärvi lake, the other one of the two lakes that surround this largest inland town in the Nordic countries. Along the route you will see some really beautiful…