by Jerina Kivistö, degree student in Media
Self-made warm Karelian pasties, yum-yum!
Finland has globally rather unknown culinary traditions but that of course doesn’t mean such wouldn’t exist. Some say our food tastes bland, others say it looks quite unappetizing. And I can’t argue with that – some Finnish dishes may look a tad disgusting – I mean, I have never ever heard anyone say how a look of mustamakkara or mämmi makes their mouth water. Needless to say I get the point.
Nonetheless, I still want to defend traditional Finnish food – it is after all what I grew up with and a certain appreciation is expected. Using minimum amount of spices has led us to the point, where the ingredients need to be fresh and tasty on their own without further enhancing. Nothing probably tastes better than wood stove-baked rye bread with salted butter and a tall glass of refreshing full-fat milk. In the traditional Finnish kitchen, the taste comes from the main ingredients itself, not so much from the spices.
Surely, with globalization the Finnish diet might have changed into kebab and pizza but it still doesn’t change the fact how utterly delicious food we have available here. So, the question is, what is your favorite Finnish food?
A recipe for you: Karelian pasties http://www.food.com/recipe/karelian-pasties-karjalan-piirakat-136480 .
by Tommi Viljamaa, degree student in Media
Sometimes it’s good to be silent. Brains get a rest they need, and it gives time to think things through more throughly. This is what I do very well, and enjoy it quite a lot. So do many other Finns apparently. However, my perceptions are mostly from northern Finland which makes them kinda biased. Still, silence is golden in here.
But you may find yourself in a situation where silence isn’t helping and instead it fluent conversation skills would come handy. Just to start conversation to get to know the person can be difficult when it has not so actively been practised. This is a huge problem because it’s important to be able to co-operate easily. Working together has always brought huge advantages for human race.
Both of them have advantages, but too much either of them – talking or silence – can be a bad thing. Unfortunately the only way to learn to talk with strangers is to talk with strangers. That’s scary.
by Antti Palosaari, degree student in Media
Fingerpori is a Finnish comic that’s been around since 2007. Written and drawn by the artist Pertti Jarla, it tells rather heart-warming stories about the folks of a small Finnish town called Fingerpori. Located right between Vatican, Soviet Russia and Mordor, Fingerpori is home to the engineer Heimo Vesa and his friends. Characters such as Jesus, the Pope, Adolf Hitler, The Phantom and Carl Gustav Emil Mannerheim appear occasionally.
Needless to say, the comic is extremely humorous and exhilarating. Yet it has caused controversy in certain conservative Finnish communities. The beauty of Fingerpori is its vivid use of the Finnish language – thus reading Fingerpori comics is a good way to learn Finnish, and great fun, too! Fingerpori takes great advantage of homonyms, wordplay and puns. Some of the jokes don’t translate very well, and you have to know some Finnish to get the joke. However, several strips have been translated into English and can be read here. A new strip is published daily in Finnish here.
by Jarmo Hirvikoski, degree student in Media
You might already know that rock and metal music is quite popular in Finland. What you might not know is that there aren’t many Finnish radio channels that are dedicated to play songs solely from those genres. Luckily Finland has Radio Rock, and it makes up for that quite nicely. Its broadcasting began in January 2007 and the first song that the station played was Metallica – Master of Puppets. Radio Rock is one of the most popular radio channels in Finland these days.
Playing great songs from both Finnish and foreign bands is coupled with interesting competitions. You can, for example, try to beat another competitor with your musical knowledge or simply try to be the first one who calls to the studio when a specific song is played. Prizes often are free festival tickets and backstage passes to gigs in Finland and foreign countries, Radio Rock apparel, or gift cards to different shops (e.g. Gigantti and Disturb). Famous artists also visit the shows every now and then, and those visits are usually funnier than their visits to other radio channels because they can act more freely. That usually means cursing and being honest with their opinions. The channel also organizes cruises, which are very popular because you get a chance to meet many Finnish artists.
Big part of Radio Rock’s charm comes from its speaker persons or hosts. Shows like Heikelä Korporaatio are highly entertaining because the speakers, Jussi Heikelä and Harri Moisio, discuss about various topics with humoristic, honest and occasional ”I don’t give a damn what others think” attitude. Visiting artists probably like to visit them because of that. Artists and media celebrities even host some of the shows. For example, Jussi 69 from The 69 Eyes has his own show called ”Rock ‘n Roll Circus”. In summer and December, there are special shows called ”Kesäpojat” (Summer boys) and ”Tiernapojat” (Star boys) with their own guest hosts. Artists from Kotiteollisuus, Lovex, Stam1na, Apulanta and Maj Karma have already shown their hosting skills.
So, Radio Rock is more than recommendable if you want to listen to Finnish rock music, hear Finnish rock stars’ honest thoughts and win cool stuff. And simultaneously learn some Finnish.