It has been an honor to be able to live in Finland for 42 years. Thank you for the beautiful moments in beautiful Finland, 105-year-old Finland!


Helsinki is now a life left behind for us. That landscape above is the view from our new home, about 30 km from Helsinki. More snow fell today, which made the landscape magically beautiful. Maybe this year we will have a white Christmas… I really hope so!

Here in the lap of nature, it’s nice and quiet. The connection with nature was born right away in autumn, when I was looking out the window at the birds that came to our bush every day.

One morning I woke up (from the sofa) to a strange noise and wondered where it was coming from. I opened my eyes, and noticed that the great tit was sitting on the handle of the courtyard door, and was knocking on the door. It was the best wake up call ever. This is exactly what Finnishness is at its best!

All Finns, be grateful for independent Finland!


ADVENT CALENDAR DOOR 6 (The Independence Day)

In honor of Finland ’s Independence Day, I will post this great ”Finlandia hymn” video in today’ s door. Enjoy!

Today we eat traditional Finnish food: ”jauheliha-perunalaatikkoa” (minced potato casserole) and for dessert in honor of the approaching Christmas: oven rice porridge (rice porridge cooked in the oven instead of on the stove). It’s delicious!!!


ADVENT CALENDAR 6. DOOR Finnish Independence Day

Our Independence Day delicasys. This Fazer coconut chocolate is my favorite. It’s quite new flavor but so good!! (Those marsh malloes trying to present Finnish flag.)

It’s 6.12. again. The day which is important for all Finns (or atleast it should be although it seems that some young people no longer value this so much): The Independence day! For me this is the day when I recall the experiences of my grandparents during the war and be greatfull to them and all for those who was in war or was supporting our society at that time! I will always cherish my grandparents memories on my mind. I think many young people can’t value our independence cause they don’t have similar interface to it. They don’t have close ones who would have experienced war and they haven’t heard the family stories related to the war. It’s sad if people will forget how we came here and don’t understand the meaning of our culture! It should never be forgotten!

Sure we had ”Karelian pies” even I didn’t done those myself. I bought those from grocery store (from the freezer) but these are really good. You bake those in oven and those will be fresh, warm and almost like you’ve done those…but one thing I made, I made the egg butter on pies which is simple but good…and traditional with ”Karelian pies”!

This is video made by my favorite vlogger (kakku monsteri as cake monster). She’s so great baker! Any subject it is, you just name it, she makes a cake out of it! Here’s her Independence Day cake. Looks fantastic! (finnish only).

By the way, this year we didn’t have the annual presidential Independence Day admittance because of covid -19 but in it’s place was seen great program where the presidential couple was interviewed and there were music performances, the beautiful Finnish photos sended from tv-audience, war veteran interview and so on. I would say this was very good option to normal celebration (where has been seen celebrities and other notable people; their handshake with presidential couple, (which takes too long at the beginning), then later dancing and interviewes. Surely the biggest topic the next day is always party dresses.) It’s just the same every year. There will be heard almost the same songs also every year so this was great variation!

Hyvää itsenäisyyspäivää!

(Happy Independence Day!)

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The liquorice on the photo of this slide show is the genuine old Vyborg liquorice in year 1906. It was the home town of my grandpa who was born in 1904.


My dear home land is 102 years old today. I’m so grateful I have been blessed to grow and live here, one of the best places on the world!

Even though we’re usually wining and seeing the negative things (I’m not the one to blame), on our independence day I have to admit Finland is still quite good land to live! It’s peaceful, it’s beautiful (full of lakes and forests) and it’s pioneer on many things! Finnish people are honest. One good example of that is the fact we’re the only country in the world who have payed all war debts.

I have to say this (and today it’s the least I can do): I LOVE FINLAND AND FINS!


On Wednesday I was at interesting photo exhibition at library, where were old photos on ”Pakila-Paloheinä” districts in Helsinki. The oldest photos were taken on the early 1900 and the newest on 1980’s(-1990’s). Many of those photos were taken on winter war. There were books also, about war and bombing in whole Helsinki and about these named districts. It took a long time for me cause I got so exited to read those books and taking pictures. Part of those pictures you can see here.

The old wartime News. Newspaper: Finnish social democrat. Headlines: ”The contract of truce have been written”.”Finland is loosing ”Karelia” and ”Petsamo”. ”Porkkala” for bace.””

There is my old school on the right. It got hard hits on bombing in February 1944.

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On this slide show you can see for example Presidents House, sailors home, Senat market, an old historic building on the ”Rauhankatu”. (Ironically rauha means peace in finnish). Those all got hard hits on those same bombings 1944. There’s also ”St.Lauri” church at Vantaa -before and after- the year 1893 major fire catastrophe. The last photo includes: 1.Estonia theater (made by finnish designers: Wivi Lönn & Armas Lindgren) which was destroyed on Tallinn bombing and

2. Middle Ages church at The Tallinn old town. Later the church was renowed and replaced with museum and concert hall.

Old Schoolbuildings.

First photo: The residents of Pakila at shelter course at November 1939. The last one: Soldiers are marching at Pakila 1944.


  • Residents about 120 000, Whole population 265 000
  • Massive bombings 6.-7.2. & 16.-17.2. & 26.-27.2.1944
  • Bombers about 2000
  • Bombs about 2600 tons
  • Bombs to the main city under 5%

I hope you all have had a great independence day! Good night!

Photos and other source:

Helsinki massive bombing 1944

Helsinki’s rural municipality history 1865-1945 (these days: Vantaa town).