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The first Minister, the Minister of Finance and the Justice Minister concluded a conference by a 'fist bump'. In Finland this act isn't welcome and it generated a lot of critics. Especially because this conference told about an agreement with the trade union. This subject told about the reduction of workforce of 5%, something too difficult in Finland for decades.
- The love of nature: Finnish people don't travel a lot, for them there isn't country too wonderful than their country. In July, the atmosphere is happy and relaxing
- The SISU: Tenacity_ The particularity of Finns' character, to explain their capacity to resist and to survive at difficulties at the same time remaining independent.
- The Sauna: More of 2 millions for 5,2 millions of Finns. Before, it was also used for women to give birth. Today, the nudity is reserve to family, otherwise women and men go alternately. The ideal temperature is around 80 degrees, the sauna is composed of wood.
- The Sadness: The darkness of winter can put a strain on morale. The seasonal depression is widespread, we note a strong alcoholism rate.
- The Silence: The Finns prefer to say nothing than to chat unnecessarily.
- The 'Cult of automobiles': Sport Exploit, Vintage Car or Vehicle Maintenance, Finns attach a great importance. They follow Formula 1 race with a lot of passion.
- Anecdote: In Finland, the amount of the fine depend of the salary.
The Sami are the indigenous inhabitants of the Lapland. There are dispersed in 4 countries (Sweden, Finland, Russia, Norway). Their origin dates back to 4000 years. The status of the Sami as an indigenous people has been registered in the Finnish Constitution in 1995. The belonging is defined by the use of the Sami's language like native language.
The first Sami was some nomadic group, was living by hunting, fishing and picking. Originally, they were made up of several families who lived in the kota, a traditional habitat resembling at a tipi. They believed that all the elements of the nature had a soul. In the 1950's the mechanization ended the nomadism, they became sedentary.
Their life has always been focused on the reindeer. They consumed their meat, their milk, their fur, etc. Never ask to a Sami how many reindeer he has. It's a personal subject like the wage for us.
The Sami's rights are supranational. They have a national day (6th february) and a flat. They are also a political party and elect a parliament. In Finland, the parliament Samediggi has been created in 1973 in Inari. Its 21 members and 4 representatives are elected all the 4 years and make sure the good distribution of subvention, but also take care about education, Sami's language, reindeer's farmers, and represent the Sami at international.
The famous monument in Helsinki (Part 4)
We can continuous with KAUPPATORI which is the principal market square. There are two parties, an outdoor market opens everyday and a covered market dating of 1889. The first side built by EHRENSTROM in 1812, on a huge quay where you find typical food (herring, salmon, reindeer, etc), clothes, memories. In the covered market, you can eat inside, take a coffee and find everything even french products, with a warm atmosphere.