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People comments. It is the culture that makes a place unique and, as we are talking about Finland and the Finnish people here, a little bit weird. It is the culture that makes you say what? I feel that the relatively odd Finnish habits are a part of our charm. A major part of our charm. So what are we Finns like?


The real test for whether you've successfully integrated yourself into Finnish culture must be the ability to tell, or at least understand, jokes about Finland. Or perhaps just "getting" the odd faux pas?

Here are a few I've come across Finnglish menu items These have all been printed, truly. Restaurant names withheld. Comedy gold dust Finnish humour is dry. Text conversation with my mate Jarkko: "Yesterday marked 21 years since I arrived in Finland. I've become Finnish. I told no one. I sat in the dark in silence and thought about herrings.

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Roudasta Rospuuttoon A classic Finnish comedy sketch about the perils of drinking from Studio Julmahuvi, with English subtitles. It seems your browser does not support this video. It received the annual award for promoting temperance in And it's hilarious!

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Seen in Finnish hotels Card in bathroom Help us to save water. If you need fresh towel, throw yourself on the floor.

If you don't need fresh towel, hang yourself. Fire safety notice In the event of a fire, if you cannot leave your room please call reception and seal the gaps around the door.

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Expose yourself in the window. Chocolate so good it hurts? Try a Tupla NutKick.

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It's a brave man who asks the shop-keeper for 3 Double NutKicks. Sadly Finland is completely outclassed by Sweden's and the product named Latz in Finland, but in Sweden From Latvia, an unlikely contender for the Finnish snack market "Ripuli" means diarrhea in Finnish A Cambridge education Not for bums www.

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The Italians have given us Paska And another Finnish one For your windscreen. Apparently it's tough to find a job, but no so hard to find a woman! Finnish men: The ageing process Four Finnish guys are at a cottage on the lake; one's 20, one's 30, one's 40, one's Across the lake they see a bunch of pretty girls swimming and frolicking outside their cottage.

The year-old guy says "Hey, let's swim over there and talk to those girls! Logical thinkers A Finnish wife asks her software engineer husband "Hey, could you go to the shop for me and get a litre of milk?

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And if they have eggs, get six. Famous last words of Finnish men "Naah, we don't need electrician here. What's that bear cub doing alone in the forest? Finnish drinking game Two Finnish guys go into the sauna, each with a litre of Kossu Finland's famous Koskenkorva vodka. They each drink the vodka, and then one guy goes outside. The other guy has to guess who went outside. Finns are big drinkers? My Finnish mate Veikko disputes this. Speaking for himself he said "I only drink on days beginning with a 'T'. Tuesday, Thursday, and Today.

He invited me for a drink and said "I'm going to drink you under the table, then I'm going to drink myself under the table. Drinking at the cottage Sakke and Ville are sitting in a cottage in the middle of nowhere.

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They've been drinking for three days straight and they finally run out of booze. Sakke says to his mate "Hey, go and look in the tool shed and see if there's anything to drink there. More on Finnish drinking attitudes My mate Santtu was sitting in the pub with a yellowish drink in front of him. I asked "Oh, are you having a Jaloiviina, mate?

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I'm working tomorrow. Finnish Extroverts How can you tell the difference between a Finnish introvert and a Finnish extrovert?

When he's talking to you a Finnish introvert looks at his feet. A Finnish extrovert looks at yours. At the airport A guy sitting at an airport bar in Atlanta noticed a beautiful woman sitting next to him. He thought to himself, "Wow, she's gorgeous!

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And I think she's a flight attendant He leaned towards her again; "Something special in the air? He scratched American Airlines off the list. Next he tried the United slogan, "I would really love to fly your friendly skies.

Small talk This is the most common Finnish joke - usually the first one foreigners hear Mika and Peppe hadn't seen each other for ages, so they decided to get together for "one" beer. At the end of the first pint Peppe says "How have you been? At the end of the second pint Peppe asks "So how's your family?

After three pints Peppe asks "How's work going?

Did we come here to talk or drink?! The Moon Why are there no Finns on the moon? They went, but there was no wood. Natural Resources How come the Arabs got oil and Finns got potatoes?

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You can't make booze from oil. Finnish soldier A young female reporter from a British newspaper was sent to Finland to write an article about Finnish soldiers returning from the Winter War. Interviewing one infantry-man, Jussi, she asked "When you came home, when the war was over, what was the first thing you did?

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The journalist went red, and tried to change the subject. What did you do after that? The journalist turned an even darker shade of red. Uh - what did you do when you were finished with all that? Finnish storm - a tragic memory The following is a real e-mail and photo I received from a Finnish mate in summer Who says Finns aren't funny?! I've attached a photo illustrating the damage caused to my home from the storm that passed through South-Western Finland last week.

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It really makes you cherish what you have, and reminds us not to take things for granted. People in Spain wear winter-coats and gloves. Finns are out getting a tan. Finns plant flowers in their gardens. Finns are cruising in cabriolets. The water in Vantaa River in Helsinki gets a little thicker.