22 Ways Finland Wins Christmas

You won’t find anywhere more beautiful at this time of year.

1. A lot of people insist on calling this stuff snow.

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2. But unless your icicles do this…

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3. And your trees look like this…

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4. And your snowmen are this big, it doesn’t count.

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5. And although such heavy snow can make it difficult for Finns to get their cars started…

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6. Once they get going, they’re allowed to drive on lakes.

Yep. When lakes in Finland freeze over, they become public roads. The longest is 7kms and it crosses Lake Pielinen.

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7. And if they don’t fancy driving, they can always rent out husky-drawn sleighs.

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8. Of course, huskies aren’t the only animals that work throughout Finnish winters.

That’s a reindeer. He’s a police reindeer. AWH.

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9. This guy employs a fair few reindeer too.

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His name is Joulupukki and he lives in Lapland (that’s the top bit of Finland).

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10. And because he lives so near by, Finns get their presents a day early.

Santa visits every house, in person, after dinner on Christmas Eve. And that’s when presents are opened.

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11. In fact, Christmas Eve is the main day Finns celebrate on.

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12. They start the day with a hearty bowl of rice pudding.

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With a single almond hidden in it. If you get it, you’ll have good luck for a year.

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13. After lunch there’s always a sauna visit, followed by a dip in a lake.

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15. Ice lanterns are big in Finland.


So if you go for an afternoon walk, you’ll see them everywhere. And because the sun sets at 3pm, they always look magical.

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16. It’s traditional to burn advent candles as you eat dinner.


Which usually involves a ham roast served with mustard, salt-cured salmon and rutabaga casserole (which is kind of a cross between turnip and cabbage casserole).

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17. What’s for pudding? YUMMY SCRUMMY PRUNE TARTS.

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18. And leipajuusto. Which, BTW, is the best thing in the world.

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That’s cheese that you cook in the oven and eat with cloudberry jam. It squeaks in your teeth.

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19. In some parts of Finland, you can rent out globes to sleep in and watch the Northern Lights.

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20. Which is the most breath-taking thing.

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21. Also, the Moomins love Christmas.

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22. Look at these little elves! Finland wins Christmas.

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Tabatha Leggett is commissioning editor at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
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