In Finland, it is difficult to obtain citizenship, they speak a complex language, eat black sausage and margarine sandwiches, and almost line up in gigantic lines. And this is only a small part of the reasons why life in Suomi may seem far from sugar to those who come in large numbers. Why is it still not very comfortable to live in Finland, the curious “Subtleties” found out.
1. Gloomy winters
Part of Northern Finland is located above the Arctic Circle, where the sun is not seen for almost two winter months. In other regions, winters are also gloomy: the luminary is selected from the horizon almost by lunchtime, shines for a couple of hours and again disappears from view. Together with cold weather and an abundance of precipitation, this contributes to the development of seasonal depressions.
2. It's cold in apartments
It's cold in Finnish apartments: in winter it feels up to +15 °C. However, for locals this is the norm, because in Finland it is customary to save on everything, including heating, which is why thermostats are everywhere on batteries.
Finns believe that the cold is good for health – even if it's cold in your own apartment.
3. Difficult to fit into society
Finns seem to some as cold as local winters. Closed, unsmiling, they do not like easy conversations “about nothing”, they are not inclined to listen to someone's complaints and complain about life themselves, they are unemotional. Making friends in Finland is easiest among foreigners: the Finns themselves are reluctant to get closer. In addition, their language is very complex, and they prefer to speak it. No one here will do you a favor out of courtesy. Finnish society is very strict: they require strict adherence to any rules – including the rules for living in an apartment building. So get ready, for example, to notify the neighbors ahead of time that you are going to have a party. In some houses, by the way, special places are allocated for them.
4. Expensive little things
Everything is expensive in Finland, but for some reason the high cost of small things is especially annoying. A bus ride costs 3 EUR, bread – 2 EUR, a movie ticket – 15 EUR. And okay, you won’t go to the cinema every day, but bread and transport are what you spend on almost every day. In total, it comes out pretty well. jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>
5. The dominance of bicycles
On the one hand, the benefits for the environment and health. On the other hand, it seems that cyclists are taking over cities, sometimes becoming even more dangerous than motorists, because it is not always clear what rules they follow. However, you may just need to get used to them. The cycle cult is being promoted at the government level, which makes it seem as if the rights of the same motorists in Suomi are being infringed. Gasoline costs 1.50 EUR, parking – from 4-7 EUR per hour, just a little – fines.
Having a car in Finland is unprofitable, using public transport is expensive, and not everyone always wants to pedal.
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6. Scheduled laundry
Finnish apartments are most often rented not only without furniture, but also without washing machines. On the technical floor of the house, there is usually a laundry room with washing machines and dryers, and all the neighbors do their laundry there. The only problem is that you have to sign up for laundry. And you can use this room for a strictly defined number of hours per week. So even something as mundane as laundry will have to be planned. f550x700/ev/jz/evjzliagypwkowwwggwkc84ok.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>
Party lovers, bright designer outfits and other ways of self-expression and fun in Finland will be bored. They don't like to make noise here, they prefer to dress in second-hand clothes in practical and unpretentious clothes such as jeans, gray sweaters, dark jackets and black or brown shoes. Noisy feasts with karaoke, dancing until you drop and tables bursting with food? Where there! Individual style, creative hairstyles, noticeable jewelry, cool cars and luscious designer interiors? This is not the case in Finland.