A collection of Finnish words that either don’t have a 1:1 English translation and often require an explanation or are otherwise interesting for other reasons.
A barely related and sometimes awkward transition from one topic to another that often has very little to do with the current topic or argument.
A hole in the ice where someone can swim or dip into. Sometimes done between sauna sessions in winter.
A person who loves the outdoors, is knowledgeable about nature and is typically skilled in survival.
Literally “steamroller”, used by the Finnish army as a shibboleth during the war with the Soviet Union due to its difficult pronunciation.
To wonder if you should run around aimlessly.
The phenomenon where the night lasts for 24 hours within the northernmost part of Finland that is within the arctic circle, also known as polar night.
The act of of getting drunk at home alone, typically in underpants, with no intention of going out.
A party or event that you feel is unnecessary but you are somewhat forced to attend.
Wines that are often the cheapest or least of quality that are located on the lowest shelf and require crouching to acquire.
A person who was born or raised in the country side; a person not from the city.
The act of throwing water on sauna’s stove and the heat, humidity and temperature in the sauna as a result of the steam.
Military slang for a totally encircled enemy unit. The tactic of encircling is Motitus.
Second-hand shame or compassion for someone making a fool of themselves.
Usually a tree branch used to lean on or against for support while relieving one’s self.
The frozen top layer of earth or soil caused by cold weather during winter with ruotavaurio occasionally being used for roads or paths that have been damaged by such conditions.
Ruoto, or kalanruoto, is the term for the small bones of a fish commonly known as fishbone.
The process of leaves turning from green changing to various colours in autumn.
How a parent with young children may feel while trying to juggle responsibilities along with their career and hobbies.
A woven Finnish long-tufted tapestry or knotted-pile carpet hanging.
Consuming large amounts of alcohol when in a rush which can cause unpredictable consequences.
A soapstone vendor and the longest single word palindrome.
Stoic determination, perserverance, bravery, resilience or hardiness.
Literally “I wonder if I should eat something”.