milk photographed in dairy aisle in supermarket

Episode 9: When you can’t figure out which dairy product is milk

milk photographed in dairy aisle in supermarket

What makes a chatty Brit prefer Finnish silence? In this special episode, renowned Finnish comedian André Wickström interviews Joel Willans, author of 101 Very Finnish Problems, at the Helsinki Book Fair. We learn about the backstory of Very Finnish Problems, how Joel ended up in Finland and much more. In a bonus segment, co-host and producer Thomas Nybergh reveals his future plans for the show.

Contact: [email protected]

Produced by Thomas Nybergh / Ink Tank Media



Hat tip to Sakari Heiskanen of Gummerus Publishers for recording the interview

Joel’s book: 101 Very Finnish Problems

André Wickström on Twitter

Joel’s book recommendation: Chasing the Scream (on the so-called War on Drugs)

Thomas’ podcast recommendation: Haven’s Gate, in-depth documentary on the suicide cult of the same name

Thomas’ podcast recommendation: Cults, documentary series on religious cults

Joel’s podcast app recommendation: Apple Podcasts (included on all Apple mobiles)

Thomas’ favorite podcast app (iOS): Overcast

Thomas’ podcast app recommendation (iOS & Android): CastBox

Very Finnish Problems can be found in all of the above mentioned apps and many more.


Download or subscribe

You can get the show as a direct download.

Get all new episodes automatically by subscribing in your favorite podcast app.

Apple Podcasts / Soundcloud / Stitcher / TuneIn / AcastGoogle Play / RSS





About the show

What’s so weird and wonderful about Finland? British born Joel Willans, creator of Very Finnish Problems, discusses, with a variety of fascinating guests, what he’s learnt after 15 years living in his much-loved, adopted country.

Follow Very Finnish Problems to get all our stuff.

Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

Title photo by teakwood

The foreigner’s guide to surviving your first Finnish sauna


There are more saunas than cars in Finland. In fact, Finn’s love is so great there’s probably even saunas made from cars. Consequently, if you’re a visitor or a recent arrival, you’ll need to give sauna a go. That’s the unwritten law and if you ignore it you risk suspicious stares at best, the silent treatment at worse, (and Finnish silent treatment can last for years). Happily, help is at hand in the form of this handy guide I’ve put together to ensure your first time is one to remember for all the right reasons.



Read more

Nordic exotica: 7 great books about Finland written by foreigners


Finland’s long been something of an exotic destination for adventurers, both those who arrive in person and those who voyage here via their imaginations. Focusing on the latter category, we’ve collected a shortlist of some the finest books you can read about Finland written from a non-Finnish perspective. This shortlist contains everything from Cold War spy novels, adolescent coming of age drama to aching love stories. So, sit tight, and prepare to voyage, from the comfort of your couch, to the far north.

Read more