6 Finnish bad habits that should be banned immediately


Us Finnish people have a good excuse. It’s not so long ago we lived in the isolation of the forest, so it’s understandable if we’re yet to master textbook social skills, or we forget the little pleasantries that sweeten urban coexistence. Yet, I think we have a few national traits we can no longer get away with if we want to survive in this increasingly international and interactive world. I believe that these six quintessentially Finnish bad habits should be instantly banned and banished back into those forests (ok, no zebra crossings in the forest, but you get my point).

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This immigrant might just have filmed the most Finnish summer video ever


Open the paper today in Finland and, as in much of Europe, the likelihood is you’ll find a story about immigration. One underlining theme, which seems to be hammered home with disturbing regularity, is the idea that us immigrants are a burden upon society. This is despite the huge amounts of evidence to the contrary. In fact, and I’m living proof, research shows immigrants are net financial contributors to the countries in which they live. But immigrants enrich societies in many other ways, too.

Take talented filmmaker Leandro Righini, a South African immigrant, who has made Finland his home for the last ten years. A Creative Director at Make Films  he’s spent the last decade making beautiful short movies for countless companies. Now, he’s crafted a wistfully beautiful video about summer cottage life that might just be the most Finnish video ever. If you don’t believe us, take a look for yourself. But first let’s hear more from the man himself, about his inspiration and his love for super Suomi. 

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Elsa from Frozen

This Finn brought Disney heroes to life. They’re even more gorgeous than on film.

When graphic designer Jirka Väätäinen from Kuopio, Finland, first started his project on what Disney characters might look like in real life, he didn’t expect anyone to see them.

“One day, back in 2011, I just got this idea to entertain and challenge myself by reimagining Ursula in a more realistic way,” Väätäinen says. “It was fun so I did the same with a few other characters and posted them on the blog that I kept for my university studies.”


Ursula from The Little Mermaid

The rest is history. Someone stumbled upon his real life Disney characters and shared them, creating an online phenomenon. This year, inundated with requests for more, Väätäinen published a collection of Disney hunks. It has been viewed by literally millions of people.

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China Swedes, Forest Finns and The Great Migration: How Finnish immigrants helped build America

finnish immigrants

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 for themselves and their families. One popular destination was the United States, so let’s take a quick look at how Finns fared in the New World and how well they settled into life far away from home.

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Police confirmed the presence of 30 - 40 protesters opposing the arrival of asylum seekers in Lahti. One of them wore the robes of the white supremacist movement the Ku Klux Klan.

Finnish Ku Klux Klan clown needs to read his history. The Klan hated Finns too.

In the late evening of September 24, the vile reactions to refugees in small towns around Finland took a quick turn for the absurd… at least in the eyes of those who know their history.

Finland’s public service broadcaster YLE reports that a bus transporting 49 mostly middle eastern asylum seekers were met by a group of 30-40 individuals protesting their arrival. The mob launched fireworks at the bus and later threw rocks at Red Cross workers operating the gates of the refugee center. As picked up by international media by now, one of these clowns wore an improvised Kuu Klux Klan outfit, of all things.

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Finnish Instagrammer of the Week: Taru Latva-Pukkila

Finnish Instagramer of the week

We love Instagram and we love Finland, so what better way to combine the two than by launching a weekly series to celebrate them both. Every Wednesday, we’ll showcase a brand new Finnish Instagrammer who is showcasing the very best of super Suomi. We’ll ask them questions about their photos, get them to share their favourites and ask them to do a mini-music-movie with the ace new Finnish iPhone app, LUUP. If you’d like to have the chance to share your photos with over half a million monthly readers worldwide, be sure to hashtag your best work #InkTankFinland.

To kick off the series, we’ve got an Instagrammer whose work I’ve admired for a very, very long time. So please put your hands together the one and only Taru Latva-Pukkila, better known on Instagram (and EyeEm) as @tarulp.

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Lights, smartphone, action! 7 reasons why new filmmakers will love LUUP


Thanks to smartphones we now take more photos every two minutes, than the whole of humanity took in the entire 19th century. When you throw apps like Instagram into the mix, it’s safe to say there are more talented photographers sharing more amazing photos than ever before. Yet for mobile movies it’s a different story.

Although we’re now packing incredibly sophisticated movie cameras in our pockets, there’s not been the same explosion of movie making worldwide. Movies are, of course, tougher to shoot than photos and you need a certain level of skill to go beyond a home video look and feel. But thanks to an ace new app recently launched in Finland that could be all set to change.

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