Category: Finland

Living in a country that spends much of the time in sub-zero temperatures, I’m slowly learning all about snow and…

A few weeks ago I posted some photos of my campus after the first few proper snowfalls (Kumpula in the…

This day 208 years ago, the Finnish national poet, Johan Ludvig Runeberg was born in the small town of Jakobstad on…

On the way up to Kilpisjärvi last summer, we stopped at two little road-side coffee shops located a long, long…

Right now, I am on the train to Järvenpää to join some people for lunch. It is the first time…

Not much news to report at the moment, but a few bits and pieces that may be of use or…

One of the Finnish Christmas traditions that has surprised us most is the pikkujoulu (“small Christmas”) – the office Christmas…

The days are getting darker, the temperatures colder and the expectation for snow higher… As we approach Christmas and the…

In summer it was sima, now in winter it is glögi – Finland’s seasonal drinks are excellent!   Glögi is…

One sign of Christmas approaching in Finland is the appearance of tähtitorttu (= star + pastry / tart). The tähtitorttut…

This weekend Miska introduced me to another of Finland’s national parks: Torronsuo National Park. Unfortunately I didn’t have our camera with…

The Finnish names for the months are really descriptive – for example, were’re now in lokakuu – the mud/sludge month!…

Finland is the fifth-largest country in Western Europe.

This last month I’ve been up in Kilpisjärvi (northern Finland; in the province of Enontekiö) doing summer fieldwork. It was…

Things have been a bit busy here – so our apologies for the paucity of blog posts. But we’ll be…

Ok, so it’s actually 105 days that we’ve been here, but I though that “100 days” made for a better…

Just to quickly share three interesting websites with you: Using Mapnificent you can see how good a neighbourhood’s public transport…

According to the guidebooks and the online sites, Suomenlinna, Helsinki’s island fortress, is one of the top spots to visit…

One of my real treats here in Finland is discovering all the local foods – both the daily staples (kotiruoka;…

Two of my favourite blogs are Flowing Data and Information is Beautiful – both highlight clever ways of analysing and visualizing…

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