1. Horrible accent when we speak in a foreign language. And when we speak Swedish we sound like the characters in the Moomin cartoons. Some Swedes can’t stand it and some have fetish towards it. Either way, most make fun of it. And here’s a sample of a Finn (from Finland’s most popular Youtube channel) speaking English:
2. “Jävla temperament” when a Finn is upset it can be dangerous.
3. Quietness. When we’re not upset, or drunk, we’re quiet and awkward.
4. Koskenkorva, or as we say in Finland “kossu”. My last name used to be Koskivaara and terribly often Swedes made an association between my name and this lovely vodka-like hard liquor.
5. Knives. This was a more well-known fact in Umeå, which is located right across from Pohjanmaa. Messing around with knives was a popular activity in the region during the 19th century. I’m from Helsinki so I never saw this in myself.
6. Good selection curse words, for instance, Saatana, vittu, perkele… There aren’t many good ones in Swedish so they sometimes borrow ours.
7. Moomin trolls. The characters from the books and comics by Tove Jansson are for sure Finlands gift to the world.
8. Sauna: the winter is long, dark and cold, so we have to find alternative sources of heat.
9. Nokia, it was once so great.
10. Education: it’s the best in the world! So: “why study in Sweden and not Finland?” people like to ask. I always clarify that it’s the elementary and middle schools that are so great, after that the quality isn’t guaranteed anymore.
But no one in Sweden remembers what happened at Globen in 1995… Do you?