A short history of refined carbs every Finn needs to read

refined carbs in finland

Ancestral health

Global cooling around the last modern ice age, 2.5 million years ago, meant early humans found fruits and vegetables scarcer to find and helped bring about the adaption of hunting and gathering. This more than anything else evolved our bodies via natural selection to be the way they are today. Archaeology shows early humans learnt to control fire about one million years ago and cooking sites appear frequently around 400,000 years ago. Cooking food enabled us to obtain enough energy to evolve our uniquely large brains and distinguish ourselves from other species through intelligence.

Fossil records show hunter­-gatherers were tall, healthy, and with little tooth decay. When not killed by another human or animal, they had a good chance of living into their 7th decade. Just 200,000 years ago, modern humans evolved as hunter-­gatherers, eating wild animals for fat and protein with staples of fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. The human genome has changed little since. Instead, Cultural Evolution has taken over as the dominant factor of change.

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Hilarious! See what happens when the vigilantes Soldiers of Odin are joined by another bunch of clowns

Loldiers of Odin

Mark Twain once famously said, “The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” The power of this weapon was beautifully demonstrated when the Soldiers of Odin (someone should tell them Odin was the foreign god of their colonial overlords) decided to skulk around the streets of Tampere. This group, which has taken to patrolling various Finnish towns to “protect” people from immigrants, few of whom would be stupid enough to hang out on the streets in minus 20 anyway, were met with a real threat on Saturday. Ridicule.

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11 things you probably didn’t know about Finnish Nightmares

Finnish Nightmares

When we first stumbled across Finnish Nightmares on Reddit, Karoliina Korhonen’s Facebook page had 287 followers. It now has over 112 thousand! Karoliina’s cartoon, showcasing the awkward adventures of Finnish Matti as he tries to deal with the modern world, has taken Finland by storm. It comes as no surprise then to discover that Finnish Nightmares is one of the finalists at the SoMe awards. The event, organised by Aller Media, aims to celebrate social media success stories. And if anyone can lay claim to that it’s Matti, which is why he’s got our vote and we very much hope he’ll get yours too. If you agree, head on over to the page and vote now.

In celebration of this achievement and because, after publishing the world’s first ever Finnish Nightmare’s interview, we’re some of Matti’s biggest fans we asked Karoliina to share some fabulous Finnish Nightmares facts. So, here without further ado, are some fact about Finland’s funniest cartoon series you probably didn’t know.

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These magical photos show what it’s like to be at sea at minus 28 degrees

Helsinki ice smoke

In the last few months, the consequences of climate change have hit different parts of the world with a mad vengeance. Here in Finland, that took the form of the warmest December on record leading many people to bemoan the lack of snow. As an Englishman who’s experienced many a Finnish winter, I instead wallowed in the balmy temperatures confident in the knowledge that we had three more months of sub-zero, beard-freezing hardship to come. That was demonstrated, in fine Arctic style, this week when temperatures plummeted as low as minus 28 in Helsinki. One surreal consequence of this uncannily fast freeze was an awe-inspiring phenomenon which makes the sea look as though it’s cloaked in smoke. Both beautiful and bizarre, it literally took my breath away.

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How an American university is showcasing Finnishness through art

Finlandia University

What do you picture when you think of “Finnishness”? If you’re Finnish, you might imagine birch forests, sauna, and the Kalevala—cultural markers that are a vital part of Finnish life. And yet, many Finns are surprised to learn that not only have these markers of Finnishness found their way out of Suomi, but they’re still going strong. Descendants of Finnish immigrants in the United States use many of the same cultural markers to define the Finnish American identity, in both culture and art. Finlandia University’s Contemporary Finnish American Artist Series helps to illustrate what Finnishness in America means through its support of Finnish American artists.

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Discover how one Finnish photographer makes the everyday look out of this world

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Miemo Penttinen is a man of many talents. As a freelance designer and startup entrepreneur, he has plenty of experience in bringing his creative ideas to life. But it’s his photography that initially caught our eye: sharp, symmetrical shots of architecture with clean, modern colors. Penttinen’s latest series Tau Zero [ Supersymmetry ] is sure to satisfy lovers of both symmetry and sci-fi.

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7 things I’ve learnt about Finland living in Kathmandu

living in Kathmandu

Finland is one of the world’s richest and most developed countries, famed for its Nordic welfare and functioning society. It’s commonly accepted that when you’re born in Finland, you’ve already won the lottery of life. Kathmandu, on the other hand, is the capital of Nepal, one of the world’s poorest countries and a hotbed for natural disasters such as earthquakes, flashfloods and mudslides. So how on earth can life somewhere so totally different as Nepal teach me anything about the Suomi lifestyle and culture? Well, it sure has.

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Steamy sisu: How Finland’s incredible WWII soldiers built war zone saunas


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.

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How the Finnish epic Kalevala inspired an American secret society


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 people, often immigrants, to form bonds with others and take measures to protect their livelihoods in a time before social security.

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