Ihana kesä! The history of hot Helsinki summers, in pics

Finnish summers are short and sweet, but they sure can be spectacular! It's important to enjoy every single second of them before the long dark winter comes once again. In Finland, summer appreciation has been turned into an art form -- nobody soaks up the sun like the Finns do. Need some proof? Just take a look at these historical photos of Finns loving the Helsinki summer. Take notes, because you just might learn a thing or two.

6 signs you were born and raised in Finland

The Finnish people. We're a sauna bathing, ice hole swimming, metal music loving and often very gloomy group. Is there more to the mentality of a Finn? Really dissecting the customs and habits of the Finnish people, we discovered some interesting building stones to their mentality, ones you won't read about in Monocle.

7 ways to make a Finn happy

As a rule, Finns are sincere, humble, trustworthy and funny. However, one thing that can be difficult for visitors to know is what makes them happy, being that they often exude a Spock-like calm in all situations. With this in mind, I’ve put together a handy guide, gained from 13 years experience, of seven sure-fire ways to put a spring in any Finn’s step.