Contrast is the main ingredient in Finnish cultural life, probably because everything looks and sounds different from our northern perspective. This may explain heavy metal music played on cellos and films almost completely without dialogue.
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. Finnish design isn’t just something you see — it’s something you experience. It begins the moment you arrive, follows you everywhere and stays with you long after you’ve gone.
From mobile phone throwing to wife carrying, swamp football to air guitar, table drumming to rubber boot throwing… the list goes on. Finland is famous for its crazy events. However, you should also try Finnish summer’s nightless night music festivals – you will never be the same.
Finland was part of the Russian Empire for about a hundred years, and the architecture of many parts of Helsinki is similar to that of St. Petersburg or Moscow. Before that it was part of Sweden, so Helsinki has influences from both East and West.
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.
There is an exciting renaissance in craft brewing and distilling around the world and Finns are making a name for themselves with their own local brands. Small batch artisanal breweries and distilleries are a natural compliment to the Slow Food Movement which aims to preserve regional culinary traditions. Having never lost its connection to the past or its pioneering spirit, Finland is well positioned to produce unique products that evoke both nostalgia and a sense of adventure.
Moomins, Santa and Angry Birds – activity parks, Finnish style
How about spending a day with the one and only Santa? Or going on a stroll around magical Moominvalley or an adventure in the Angry Birds world? Activity and adventure parks are scattered around Finland, and all have something unique to offer.