Finland’s Culture

Finland’s Culture

By Tyler Anson

Folk Culture Pop Culture
Food* Traditional Finnish cuisine is a combination of European, Fennoscandian, and Western Russian. Food is generally simple.

Ex. Karjalanpiirakka (A traditional Finnish pastry)Karjalanpiirakka

and, Coregonus albula (A fish platter).

Examples of Pop culture influence on food in Finland are McDonalds (which came to Finland in 1984) and Subway.
Not seen on the American McDonald’s menu, the Rye McFeast is a Finnish burger which typically uses Finnish rye bread.
Art/Music Most of Finland’s music is influenced by traditional Karelian melodies and lyrics. Karelian culture is percieved as the purest expression of the Finnic myths and beliefs.

Ex. the group Värttinä; spiritual songs known as Joik, Finnish opera written by composer, Fredrik Pacius.

Two examples of Pop music seen within Finland are ‘tango’, a style of Argentine music, and rock music, which came to Finland in the 1950s. One of the ‘rock’ bands that came to Finland was the British band, The Renegades.

The Renegades

Clothing West Finnish folk clothing is comprised of a high collared smock, a skirt with stripes, apron, wool jacket, and white socks with black shoes. Married women also wear large caps. This outfit was influenced by Viking heritage and Sweden. Fashion in Finland has an aesthetic, where residents make their own styles. Finnish fashion is popular, because it combines fashion forward and traditional designs. You will also see evidence of Western clothing in Finland as well (i.e. jeans).
Shelter Not necessarily a shelter in itself, saunas (or steam baths) are often their own building. Another example being  Finnish falu red log houses.

Finnish falu red log houses

Examples of pop culture within the shelter aspect of Finland are houses made of adobe (mud bricks), and shelters made of limestone.
Technology Finland has been at the head of Europe’s technology charts for the last few years. Examples being the company ‘Nokia’ and the company ‘Supercell’ which created the very popular game, ‘Clash of Clans’.

Clash of Clans

Examples of popular culture in the technology category being ‘Apple’ (iphones, macs, etc.) and companies such as ‘Dell’ (desktops, laptops, etc.)
Beliefs Most Finnish people are Christians, which are separated into two sub-categories; the Evangelical Lutheran Church (75% of total population) of Finland and the Finnish Orthodox Church (about 1.5% of the total population). Cathedral of Turku

The Cathedral of Turku is considered as the national shrine.

Other belief systems within Finland are Islam and Judaism, both of which have their own beliefs and practices.
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