Cultural Beat

DIG FINNISH DESIGN

Linear functionality and simplistic beauty are phrases often used to describe Finnish design. From furniture and decorations to glassware and everyday tools, Finland’s designers have always been inclined to make items that work and look good.

VISIT THE REAL SANTA CLAUS

Everyone knows who he is, but how many can say they’ve been to his home? Meeting Santa Claus at his house in Finnish Lapland is every child’s dream. Even adults can’t resist being taken in by the magical atmosphere of the Arctic Circle during Christmas.

WITNESS THE CLASH OF ARCHITECTURES

Finland’s unique architecture is a constant visual reminder of the country’s position as a barrier between the East and the West.

JAZZ, METAL, INDIE, OR HIP HOP – BE FESTIVE

Believe it or not, Finland is the place to go for festivals. From numerous rock, jazz, opera and folk festivals to chamber music and theatre events, there’s always a party going on. Of course, you already know the sun never sets…

TASTE ‘SALMIAKKI’ AND ‘LÖRTSY’

Salmiakki is a salty liquorice sweet that is black or dark brown in colour. Lörtsy is a thin, half-moon shaped meat pie originally invented in Savonlinna, eastern Finland. We know they sound strange, but you’ll love them both.

COMPETE IN THE WEIRDEST EVENTS ON EARTH

From mobile phone throwing to wife carrying, swamp football to air guitar, table drumming to rubber boot throwing… the list goes on. It’s weird, it’s wonderful, it’s silly, and it’s a great excuse for a party!

DISCOVER THE LATEST FASHION TRENDS

Yes, Marimekko is the crown jewel, and you might have heard of Nanso and Halti, but there’s quite a buzz beyond the mainstream. IVANAhelsinki and Hanna Sarén are perhaps the best-known of the younger, expanding fashion companies.

Get your game on!

The quirky and innovative culture is also a home base for several globally record breaking game companies such as Rovio Entertainment or Supercell. Together with events like SLUSH and the innovation technology oriented culture, Finland is the next big thing in the game industry. Just raise your eyes from hitting those pigs and you’ll see.