The Slippery Paradise

Here we go with, the first blog on my hometown Helsinki. The empty paper syndrome got to me even if it’s “just” a blog. So I’ll start with an easy topic: the weather.

Travelling abroad people tend to ask me how it is possible to live in such a cold and dark country. Many also (wrongly) think that we have penguins and polar bears wondering on the streets, snow & complete darkness through the year and an innate depression and urge to drink vodka for breakfast.

Well, no. Actually most Finns are quite happy people who prefer beer, cider, cava and wine over vodka.  Hrm, more about our drinking habits later…

It does not rain all the time either, we only have 180 rainy days a year. So it makes 185 days when it doesn’t rain. Almost 50/50.

And these days it’s not so common to enjoy snow-covered Helsinki. They predict that the climate change will affect Finland more than the average – making especially winters warmer. Quite scary. This year, in Helsinki we got the first permanent snow only after Christmas. A horrible thing for us Finns, who dream of a White Christmas all year round. And January temperatures have mainly been over 0C.

The positive thing is that you don’t slip and fall on the icy ground.  You need life-long practise to learn how to walk properly on ice. There are about 50 000 cases of falling in a year, which include all types of injury you can imagine.

I searched educative videos on Youtube on walking on ice and falling the right way, but found almost nothing. We have to do something about it! Last night me and a friend decided to make a video for tourists’… that will hopefully be published in the blog some day. Till then, don’t fall like in this video!

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