While admittedly not world-renowned, Finland has a vibrant food culture. ‘Local food’ and ‘slow food’ are terms which have widespread sounding board all over the country, and local seasonal and fresh produce can be found anywhere from coastal areas to inland towns, and southern cities to northern villages.
Stemming from tribes of hunter-gatherers, Finns have traditionally fed themselves straight from the forests, lakes and fields that cover most of the country. This is the case even today. Big mammals like reindeer and elk, game birds such as wood grouse and hazelhen, and various salt- and freshwater fish have been delicacies for ages. Often served with potatoes or other vegetables along with fresh berries, these ingredients can easily be prepared into a fine dinner or a sturdy lunch for hard workers.
Full of interesting contrasts, such as the four seasons, the Midnight Sun and winter darkness, urban and rural, East and West.