Answers to Questions, Part 2

This short post is a response to another series of questions I was asked.

Finnish people know a good deal about the US, such as what the US is doing internationally and also some internal happenings, such as if a important person is assassinated. They learn other things, such as culture, from watching US movies.

People here in Finland do hear about the presidential election and how it’s going. They can readily identify the major candidates and cite general information about them.

Some people love the US way of life but others have a strong dislike for the US. I would estimate that most people are somewhere in the middle of that spectrum.

The businesses here in Finland are largely Finnish, with a mixing of businesses found in other developed parts of the world. There are some US businesses here, but they are by no means a majority.

Most people drive cars made in Europe, however some people drive smaller Ford cars. Chevrolet has little to no presence here.

There are McDonald’s restaurants in nearly every major city in Finland. However, most people prefer to eat at Hesburger, a Finnish fast food restaurant which is similar to McDonald’s but has superior food.

People are happy with the increased services and taxes of the socialist state.

The major chain of stores here in Finland is Prisma, which is similar to Walmart but with what seems to be higher quality items. There are chains of grocery stores too, such as S-Market and K-Market. I do not know of any chain hardware stores.

As in most developed countries, there is a variety of income levels. However, the money from taxes goes to pay for most services, and the government has a plan which gives people housing if they have none.

Generally, the crime rate here in Finland is a good deal lower than in the US. Here is a link to a site which details this:

To quote Wikipedia, drinking in Finland is regulated in the following way:
18 [years of age] for possession and purchase of 1.2–22% ABV.
20 [years of age] for possession and purchase of 23–80% ABV.
18 [years of age] for all in bars, clubs and restaurants.

Drunk driving happens on a daily basis.

Finnish saunas vary aesthetically, but there are some universal features: they all have a sauna stove; the normal temperature is usually between 60 and 80 degrees Celsius (140-176 degrees Fahrenheit); people sit on thin towels; and there is always a bucket and a ladle to get löyly lisää (more steam).


4 thoughts on “Answers to Questions, Part 2

  1. Tim Leinonen

    Great job, Ben. Your writings are very informative. I am guessing hockey is the main sport there. What other sports do they play? Are there professional teams? How do Finns like Russia and the other European countries? Any strong likes/ dislikes of other countries in the area that you are aware of? I hope you don’t mind my questions but questions lead to learning. You are the main artery for my learning of Finnish culture. I was asked in class by students today, if I could live in any other country than the U.S., which would it be? I said Finland, and a bunch of students agreed saying they would too. Again, nice job.

    Uncle Tim


  2. You wrote: ”Most people drive cars made in Europe, however some people drive smaller Ford cars. Chevrolet has little to no presence here.”

    Personally, I love German cars. They are very reliable, like BMW.


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