I returned home, and everything looked smaller.
In March, the UN published its most recent happiness survey, listing Finland as the happiest country in the world. If the statistic didn’t hold true before, it did for sure after the publication: Finns were elated to see their small country featured in big media.
What if I told you that the largest wooden old town in the Nordics could be found right here in Finland? Could I entice you with promises of old-fashioned architecture, colourful facades and dreamy cobblestone streets? Do I have your attention? This is Old Rauma, a UNESCO world heritage listed wooden town on the west coast of Finland that can make you feel like you’ve just walked into someone’s Instagram picture.
I have had this post in the drafts folder for months now. But it’s been a awhile since the last What to wear post – besides, what would the Finnish Independence Day be without a proper Finland post? (You should also check out the truths&myths post that I wrote about Finland last year). And guess what – my humble little country has also been featured on Lonely Planet’s famous 2017 travel list! more “What to wear in Finland to survive all four seasons”
As ya’ll know by now, I was born and still live and study in Finland. It’s a country of natural beauty, social security, and personal freedom – all in all a pretty great place to live. When I travel and inevitably encounter that obligatory question of “where ya folks from”, I am proud to say I’m Finnish. Even though I am not terribly patriotic and might occasionally berate my dear homeland for being boring and bland, being from Finland is an important part of my identity and I wouldn’t have it any other way. more “What it’s like being a Finn abroad”