Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Being born in Finland is like winning the lottery! Finland 100!


The year 2017 is huge for all the Finns, this is the 100 anniversary of our independence! When I have been talking with my friends, it is hard for them to understand how huge deal this is for Finland. Or how huge deal it is for different brands that have been able to publish Finland 100 products... As a small nation with relatively short independent history, it is very important for us to celebrate this milestone. I have taken part to the celebrations throughout the whole year with the Finnish School in Wroclaw, but as the independence day is getting closer I feel even more national romanticism than before. Last weekend we enjoyed a nice dinner here in Wroclaw as the restaurant HINT! had a Finnish menu for a week. Even when the food was not perfectly "Finnish", it was still amazing!

Our Honorary Consul in Wroclaw is again organizing independence day dinner for all the Finns living in the nearby areas. This dinner will be the crown on my independence day celebrations! The City Hall of Wroclaw will be lighted up in Finnish colors to congratulate the 100-year-old Finland! #stolatfinlandio Next year it's your time Poland! 

As to celebrate Finland and to speak loudly about how good Finland is, I will tell you why it is a lottery win to be born in Finland. This is a metaphor I have heard many many times during my primary school education in Finland. I heard it so many times it started to be annoying! For me the metaphor means that Finland is one of the most safest countries in the earth with happy and equal people (as long as the surveys and statistics are correct). It is a lottery win to be born in the same country with the Santa! It is a lottery win that I have a superpower, I can speak Finnish! It is a lottery win that the bus is not always crowded and people understand my personal space. It is a lottery win to be one of 5 509 717, the odds of being a Finn are 0,000799%, I feel so lucky that maybe I really should take part to a lottery this week!  

There is a one question to be answered... If Finland is so perfect, why did I decide to live elsewhere and leave this winter wonderland behind? It is easy to talk about this topic in general terms but when getting into more personal questions, things come more complicated. I will always be a proud Finn and I will always love Finland, I just felt and still feel that there are more possibilities in life for me in somewhere else. For now the place is Poland, but I am always open for change, I am not afraid to take chances. I have SISU!

-Camilla

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