Sasha Selemir
Sasha Selemir
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Mia Kelita
I´m Finnish and live south of Finland, Tuusula, near Helsinki. I was born in Kokkola, 550km from here a town by the Baltic Sea. It´s a beautiful town, where you can wonder around the Neristan, the old part of town. 
An interesting historical affair, known as the Skirmish of Halkokari, occurred at the town on 6 June 1854 during the Crimean War. One of the 9 smaller British craft (a gunboat) fell into the hands of the defenders. The boat is still today a museum-object and can be seen in Kokkola's English Park.But that´s enough of advertising my home town. By now I´m sure you know that we citizens are very proud people. 
But back to our country, Finland. We always wonder how people can be so fascinated about winter. Most of the fall and winter we are depressed nation because lack of sun.
Imagine: You wake up in the morning about 7am to go to work. Sun has´t risen, it´s 15-20Celsius outside, and your car is covered all over by snow and ice, not to mention that it won´t start, Not even if you swear like demon. You work ´till 4pm and it´s dark outside, not a hint of sun. Those view hours, 2-3 hours, when sun has climped over horizon, just to give a cold hint of ray, you´v been inside an office involved yourself in something what you think it is important. You are tired, not necessarily of work, but because you body thinks it is night. So, you go home, slump on sofa and watch TV until you flinch awake and crawl in to the bed. This goes on every week, except  weekends. Then we let all that frustration and depression pour out  by drinking until we are so drunk as a skunk and cry over anonymous shoulder. Not a very pleasant sight.
Finnish are famous for muteness. We don´t do small talk, we think it is weird and waist of time to speak if you don´t speak about things like life and death, sicknesses, lack of money, stupid work conditions or infuriating mother-in-law. Younger generation is exception. Their travel a lot all over the world and can be quite international. They won't be scared if foreigner speak to them in the buss. They might even answer and give a smile. So we still have a hope.
But when the summer comes we go crazy. Those months when sun does not set at all we stay up all night and hope we can absorb light as much as possible. We celebrate Juhannus, Midsummer Day and night, by drinking booze also so much as possible , fighting, drowning, killing neighbors and having unprotected sex either with our spouse or some random bypasser. And in March we have a lot of new born babies. I really can´t figure out some coincidence here...
Never the less. Our country is beautiful and we are friendly, even if we don´t show it. And we are proud people, especially what comes to ice hockey. Don´t  ever say, that Finland is not the best ice hockey country in the world. I must warn you, you are entering the world of pain.