Santa Claus has something of a dark past. The jolly and generous old man of Christmas that we all know and love wasn’t always so jolly—especially in Finland.
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About Kathleen Harris
Digital Producer at Ink Tank Media, Kathleen has a background in Linguistics, with a BA from University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a MA from the University of Helsinki. When she’s not researching and writing the articles that you read here, she enjoys reading, binge-watching TV series, and gaming.
Entries by Kathleen Harris
The official archives of the Finnish Defense Forces are home to thousands of photos taken during the Finnish WWII era. We’ve highlighted some particularly striking color photos of Finnish soldiers from their collection before, but this time, we thought we’d feature something that remains an icon of Finnish culture: the sauna.
Secret handshakes, arcane rituals, and covert political favors—mysterious secret societies operating in the shadows have intrigued people for centuries. Even today, there’s no shortage of conspiracy theories involving high-profile organizations such as the Freemasons and the Illuminati. But in the earlier days of the United States, secret societies were a practical way for groups of […]
Currently in Finland, like elsewhere in Europe, we’re hearing much about immigration and how challenging it is for new arrivals to integrate into society. Finns themselves, of course, have a long history of leaving Finland to live elsewhere. Sometimes, as refugees from war or famine, other times to simply try and make a better life […]
Finland’s history books are filled with courageous, inspiring, and talented men and women who are known around the world for their accomplishments. Which famous Finn from history are you? Take the quiz to find out!
Rare colour photos of Finland during World War 2 show the reality of war in a way that black and white can’t. We’ve all learned about World War II, whether reading about it in a history textbook or hearing stories passed down from a grandparent. We’ve also seen photos, grim black and white depictions from […]
Aspiring writers often look to Hemingway for inspiration, and he’s given us plenty of good advice. But let’s face it — his advice above, while a beautiful notion, is not exactly practical. Most of us can use a little extra help with getting creative and staying focused. Creative writers can find tons of writing […]
I’ve lived in Finland for nearly 5 years after moving here from the United States. I’ve been asked many questions by curious Finns over the past few years, usually starting with “Why did you come here?” (to go to university) quickly followed by “But why did you stay here?” (because I love it here). After […]
The literary world is filled with party animals. Which one are you?
Have you ever spotted a dog in the clouds, or a smiling face in your breakfast toast? For a split second, you might think you’re losing your mind. But rest assured, seeing faces and living beings in inanimate objects is actually a very common phenomenon called pareidolia, in which the mind attempts to organize chaos […]
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