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Foreigners comment Finland (Youtube videos)


This is a channel/series of 30+ videos. I'll pick the most interesting ones and comment some details.

Let's start from the beginning...



My only comment on that is that the one person likely didn't speak (almost?) any English. Finns are easily taken aback if someone starts to speak a language they don't know.

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I think she's quite right. You have to remember that we are very friendly people. We talk to everybody. Even me, with my fear of strangers, strange places, and very big personal space, will engage with people in line while I wait. We talk to everyone. If someone asks directions, we'll try to help as much as possible. We might even take them there, or offer to drive in front of them to follow us there. We find Europeans and their dislike of interaction with strangers, very odd. It's not just Finns, all Europeans, even the Brits are standoffish. So it is likely that the people she's tried to engage with speak English, but they are too afraid of strangers to engage with her. Europeans need to chill, and to try chatting to other people.
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Re: The Finland Diaries: a South African in Finland (Youtube series)


Now moving up to one of latest videos in the series.



Handbrake: that somewhat surprises me, I'm not familiar with that phenomenon; but I suppose Finns drive relatively much and are (over)confident with cars.

Ice cream box: fair point; we just use paper and cardboard for as many things as possible because they've been among our biggest industries.

1 liter beer can: new and rare specialty (that hasn't been a success)

Locks and scissors: she's almost right saying there's only one lock company in Finland. In country this size, a single company can dominate market with a good product. Abloy locks and Fiskars scissors really are all over.

The mini shower: appeared in my home with the recent bathroom work; I'm not quite sure myself what's the idea - even whether it's more intended for use related to the sink or toilet (apparently it's an alternative for bidet, among other uses)

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Now moving up to one of latest videos in the series.



Handbrake: that somewhat surprises me, I'm not familiar with that phenomenon; but I suppose Finns drive relatively much and are (over)confident with cars.


Do you drive manual cars there? Do you have to get your licence on manual cars?

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Ice cream box: fair point; we just use paper and cardboard for as many things as possible because they've been among our biggest industries.


I don't like plastic boxes with advertising, so I recycle them in the recycling. Some people use them as storage boxes. I don't like paper and cardboard because trees die to produce them.

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1 liter beer can: new and rare specialty (that hasn't been a success)


That's a lot of beer. I don't know much about beer here, don't drink it.

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Locks and scissors: she's almost right saying there's only one lock company in Finland. In country this size, a single company can dominate market with a good product. Abloy locks and Fiskars scissors really are all over.


On small things like tools, we're spoilt for choice. So many options. On the big things like telephone services: monopolies.

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The mini shower: appeared in my home with the recent bathroom work; I'm not quite sure myself what's the idea - even whether it's more intended for use related to the sink or toilet (apparently it's an alternative for bidet, among other uses)


That would annoy me. I like a proper bathroom, preferably private. We don't often have people stay with us anymore, unless they camp on the floor, so I don't need an extra one. But I don't like sharing a shower.

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I'm not sure if it would be possible to get licence for only automatic, probably if one has some handicap requiring it. In general almost all cars are manual.

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Yes here too. We have to get a licence on a manual shift.
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And then to the core of Finnish identity: sauna



Not much to add, except...

Vihta - bunch of birch branches - is fast disappearing from sauna culture (not being practically available and kind of messy with leaves around). Which is sad because it makes sauna more lively, instead of just sitting there and slapping your back with it really takes the sting from hot moment after water throwing, so you can have hotter sauna with more steady feeling of heat.

And it should be clear you don't have anything metal in sauna, rings, earrings etc. off.
I have to wonder what people with piercings do.

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I can understand that she doesn't get the communal sauna business. I understand that it's just another body, but that amount of intimacy with people you don't choose to be intimate with, no I don't get that.

Apart from that, in that heat, even after you've had a shower, there has to be some exchange of bacteria, unless the super-heated water has a shitload of chlorine in it, which also can't be healthy.

She has a good point, how come people won't make eye-contact, and won't speak to strangers, but they have no problem in getting naked with them?

Just a comment on her accent. That's not any South African accent I've ever heard. I suspect she's spent some time in America and has had her Afrikaans accent toned down when she speaks English. It's a very strange accent.
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The poolwater has "shitload of chlorine" which you are adviced to carefully shower off.

As for bacteria in sauna, it's unbelievable how fast ]using pefletti has become standard along last 20 year. Back in 80's anyone I know would've looked funny at someone using something to sit on in sauna.


Sauna is relaxing, I guess that's why it's comfortable to be there with people. And same-sex group of course helps.



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Though I explained it in its own topic, let's look at SA reactions to salmiakki:



Of the people from about dozen countries around world whose reactions I've seen in various videos, only ones (not connected to Nordics or Netherlands) who widely like salmiakki are Brazilians. I have no idea why this is.

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