Although they seem to be calm and shy Finns are very passionate people. They always strive to feel free, and search for experiences bringing them closer to that goal. Those experiences became well-known as Finnish madnesses. Here are only some of them.
Two weeks ago, one of the main national holidays – Midsummer (“Juhannus”) – was celebrated in Finland. A typical way to celebrate the summer solstice is to be with friends and family at a summer cottage out of the city. According to the old beliefs, bonfires are good for keeping evil spirits away as well as a loud behavior – that is why „few or more drinks“ fit the idea of midsummer madness. On Midsummer Day, all Finns are taking part in a countrywide party organized to greet the summer! However, this day is not only about partying, but relaxing, too. And there is no better way to relax than bathing in sauna. This leads us to another Finnish passion.
In Finland, there are enough saunas to accommodate all 5.4 million Finns at the same time. Sauna is a holy place for Finns, a place for spiritual and body cleansing. It is often said that important decisions are more often made in saunas than in the office rooms or at the family table. At the same time sauna is all about being relaxed and feeling refreshed after it. And what do Finns do when they come out of the sauna? Well, the best thing is to jump into a lake, or roll into fresh and powdery snow. Simply taking a shower is fine, too, but not so exciting.
Maybe the most evident example of Finnish madness is their passion for dip in icy water. Swimming in an icy lake may warm you up and do you good, believe it or not! And what is not hard to guess, it is again a very refreshing experience! Besides a good health and some preparations, only thing needed is courage to jump in.
There is no doubt that Finns love extremes. That is also the case with sports, since ski jumping and Formula 1 are among favorite ones in Finland. Some say that a key to great Finnish achievements in rally driving are icy roads in the country – when you learn how to drive on them, everything else is easy! And as regards ski jumping, it is enough to remind that last winter Finland issued an emoji immortalizing Matti Nykänen, the most successful ski jumper ever.
Finland became the first country to issue its own set of national emojis. Which leads us to the final conclusion – Finns are mad about being Finns. They are very proud to be who they are!