Asked my Finnish friend Matti, what life’s like in Finnland.He sent me back these pictures…

Ah, life in Finnish. It’s like a Halloween party that never ends. The costumes are always on, the candy is always flowing, and the ghosts are always lurking.

 

First off, let’s talk about the costumes. Finnish people love to dress up, especially during their traditional holiday of Vappu, which is like Halloween on steroids. You’ll see people dressed up as everything from witches to trolls to Moomins (cute Finnish creatures). But here’s the catch: they don’t just wear costumes on Vappu. They wear them all year round. So if you’re walking down the street in Helsinki and see a person dressed as a reindeer, don’t be alarmed. They’re just getting into the spirit of things.

Now, let’s move on to the candy. Finnish people love their sweets, and they have some unique ones that you won’t find anywhere else. Ever tried salmiakki? It’s a salty licorice that is an acquired taste, to say the least. And then there’s Fazer’s blue chocolate, which is just as strange as it sounds. But hey, it’s all part of the fun.

And of course, we can’t forget about the ghosts. Finland is home to some spooky legends, like the ghostly White Lady who haunts the castle of Olavinlinna, or the Näkki, a water spirit who lures unsuspecting swimmers to their doom. But don’t worry, they’re just here to add to the Halloween atmosphere.

But the real fun of life in Finnish is the sense of community. Just like at a Halloween party, everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in on the fun. Whether it’s singing karaoke or jumping into a frozen lake (yes, that’s a thing), there’s always something to do and someone to do it with.

So if you’re ever feeling down, just remember: life in Finnish is like a never-ending Halloween party. So put on your reindeer costume, grab some salmiakki, and join in on the fun!

 

 

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