12 tell-tale signs you learned to drink in Finland

Finns are world-renowned for their fondness for drink. The Finnish people also have a very distinctive way of getting hammered, which often involves copious amounts of alcohol drunk very quickly. Consequently, learning to drink like a Finn can be a challenging venture (which is helped by a liver with supernatural healing powers). Apparently, being able to down 62 beers and 10 shots of kossu makes it all worthwhile, though.

So, to help you on your way to a Viking level liquor holding skills (or just to marvel at the drinking customs of the Finns, your choice), we have compiled this list of the key elements of Finnish drinking culture.




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11 replies

  1. I laughed at the name of alcohol stores because in Australia Alko / alco is a slang word for alcoholic . we call them Bottle shops here. LOVE FINLAND and its people.

  2. This is surprising to me as my Finnish relatives did not believe in drinking, smoking or even dancing. Come on, 62 beers would make anyone DEAD.

  3. Is this year 2017? Nowadays there is no more that 6pm Saturday rule, you can have beer until 9pm even Saturdays.

    Kalsarikännit means that you drink alone at home. When you are with friends in your home, that is called party.

    • “Kalsarikännit means that you drink alone at home” – exactly, and if you take your drinking really seriously (like me) you drink only alone at home and in perfect silence.

  4. Very clever! Me, as a half brit via matrimony have seen the best and the worst of the two worlds. True are the statements but they do carry across the oceans.

  5. My American and German friends were overwhelmed by the fact, that when trying to make plans with a bunch of us Finnish girls, we would already beforehand rule out certain days in a way, that if there was any sort of a party the night before (eg. always a Thursday party when in University, ruling out the following Friday, naturally majority of the Fridays ruling out Saturdays and/or Saturdays ruling out Sundays, not to mention May the 1st etc) , we would say that: “No, we cannot do that and that on that particular days, since we will be having a hangover.” – Since hangover to them, my dear American and German friends, hangovers were accidents, exceptions that only happened every once and a while, but to us “Team Finland”, hangover was a rule and we could plan our schedules and calendars accordingly.

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