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On the actual homeless people, I can't really answer. I suppose there are various sorts of shelters.
But the main thing is, losing your job doesn't make you homeless. Firstly, unemployment benefits; one of best social security systems in world. Secondly, "saving for rainy day" is a cultural phenomenon taken to extreme here. I'd bet there are hardly any nation in world with so large part of population having large amount of their property in bank. (May not be true with young people, spoiled brats...)

Informal settlements is a concept that has been taught to us in recent years by Romanian gypsies who come here for summer to beg, work (not likely) or make money with a less legal activity.

We eat early because we start work/school early. Our "9 to 5" is 8 to 4. This may be because of the short daylight time in winter, you have to aim the working hours to noon to make most of it.

We do have a phrase for "you're welcome", but it is practically used only by professionals - and the wording "be (so) good" is directly taken from Swedish. You're not expected to say thank you anyway.

The cold winter is the obvious explanation to low number to insects and that cuts down spiders exponentially. Also, most of ours make small webs so they're not very notable.
I wonder what she meant with the "adorable buggies hopping across road", grasshoppers? (Ours are small.)

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Strange that the early morning thing would bother her. Shows she hasn't lived in South Africa for a long time.

My kids are up and off to work by 5 am. Only the ones who have to take kids to school go in later because school starts at [sign in to see URL], but otherwise the heavy traffic on the roads is bumper-to-bumper by [sign in to see URL].

We are a people of credit cards and bank overdrafts. Having a high credit rating is a badge of honour, being turned down for a loan because you pay cash is odd. And the banks will lend people money. They love lending money, because the interest rates are high, and even at the risk of having people default on loans, they'll still lend money out.

Yes, probably grasshoppers. Ours are big.

We (anglophiles) don't get people who we see as not having any manners because they don't say "thank you". Also the "you're welcome" thing is an americanism. We used to say "it's a pleasure" or "no problem" but now I notice everyone is using the "you're welcome" business.
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Independence day: though there is always much talk and events about veterans and the dead of WWII, Independence Day is mainly about... well, independence, having been declared on that day. WWI Finland wasn't really involved. (Finnish Civil War happened 1918, but that was short and small scale and not something we like to remember.)
There's the one classic war movie that is shown every year. Surely a document or two every year, but not "all day".
The President's Ball is the Finnish red carpet event of the year, like Oscars or that Ascot thingie Brits have.

Dinner for One: this was posted December 20th, so she didn't know it's shown every year in Finland too.

St. Lucia's Day: funny how it's sort of Catholic thing and Swedish(-Finnish) thing, yet so wide spread that even in my schools there was always an event; don't know if it's too religious to happen anymore in schools.

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(She's clearly had technical problems making the video, music/videos are missing from couple first songs, but it gets better.)

First songs are are modern rap/hiphop stuff.
Raptori is another story. It was circa 1990 popular joke rap band; at the time few in Finland took even American rap music seriously.
"Oi Beibi" was their biggest hit and they've made a couple new edition of the song in various short comebacks.
Most songs are new stuff that I don't even know.
Stratovarious is/was a cool 90's band of what I call Finnish "light heavy". And that's one of their best songs IMO.

I wouldn't say "decades old" songs having "international quality", it's really last 20 years that there's been attempts to make music that could be exported.

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Not much to add to that. Yes, we Finns really like to explain things about Finland.

Mention of people who "don't know they're racists" caught my ear. OK, of course those exist, but I think much more common are people who don't know they're non-PC. And those two types are easily confused, despite there being a big difference between not knowing that the word you said was offensive and not realizing the whole sentence you said was.

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Whenever we have a foreigner saying it's cold, we really can't help pointing that "in north/east it's five degrees colder" or (depending when they've come) "last week/month/year it was much colder than this".
We can't resist bragging how cold it can be.

Helsinki people - really native, not ones who just moved there - are elsewhere seen as city yuppies who don't survive 5 minutes in forest. Because Helsinki is about most southern point of Finland and at coast, we inland and north Finns think there can't be real cold there and they are wussies to complain any.

]Snus is more common at coast - it's a Swedish thing - but has strangely spread. I think there was a phase (at turn of century) when smoking stopped being cool for teens and snus sort of replaced it. It also spread in junior hockey circles - you can't smoke if you mean to be an athlete.
Absolutely revolting, far beyond smoking.


That reminds me, I still have one of those eggs from Easter... (to be exact, mom gets them after Easter when they are in sale.)

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Since there are no further videos from her, I'm changing this topic to be a general one about what foreigners living or visiting Finland think of the place (and what I think of their observations).


Here's a look at food price here:



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I don't quite agree with the last, but then again you can expect the Finn to start arguing why you are wrong...



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Sounds like Korean have more in common with Finns than most people:



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