A couple of days ago I checked the stats for my blog and I saw that there has already been views from more than 15 countries. I think it’s awesome that I have gotten views from so many countries even though I haven’t even really started yet. Therefore I thought that now could be a good moment to introduce myself (since I assume that most of you don’t know who I am 😉 )
Okay, so first of all I’m Finnish (which you who have been reading my blog earlier most-likely know already).
About my country
Finland is a country up in the north having a common border with Sweden on the west side, Russia on the east side and with Norway up in the north. In Finland we have a lot of forests, because of that there’s a lot of land, but “only” about 5,4 million inhabitants (so the population density is quite low). Finland as a state is quite well-off i.e. the standard for living is on a good level, which also makes the country quite safe and stable.
I live in Helsinki, which is the capital of Finland. Helsinki is also the biggest city in Finland and there are about 1,5 million people living in the Helsinki region. Helsinki is located in the southern part of Finland next to the Finnish Gulf (the Baltic Sea). I think that it is the sea and the archipelago of Helsinki that make the city so nice and beautiful. The sea also provides a lot of opportunities for sea/water related activities.
Finns are said to be rude and quiet. I don’t agree with this I think it’s more because of a difference in culture. I Finland we really don’t have a small-talk culture and therefore a lot of foreigners think that Finns are rude when they don’t do small talk with them. What I think is that Finns are really friendly and honest people. They might seem quiet in the beginning because they don’t do small talk, but when you get it going with them they are the best people you will ever meet ;). One thing that is very important for Finns is the sauna. That’s also the best place to talk with people and to get to know them in case you visit Finland 🙂
I’m myself a part of the Finnish-Swedish ethnic group. The Finnish-Swedish minority is a group of Finns who speak Swedish as their mother tongue (i.e. I speak Swedish). A lot of people have misunderstood and think that we are Swedes that live in Finland. However I want to point out that we are not Swedes, we are Finns who speak Swedish. Swedish is the second of the two official languages in Finland (Finnish is the other one). More than 340 000 people belong to this minority that makes out about 5-6% of the population of Finland. The Finnish-Swedish people live mostly on the coastal areas of Finland. There are also some difference in culture compared to the Finnish culture (of course we need to have our own culture! :)), but I won’t go in to details because it would take too long ;). And I’ll end this chapter by telling you that we are said to be the happiest minority in the world, which I can totally agree on! 🙂