Scandinavia and the World

Comments #9465010:

Small Talk 13 3, 7:48am

Saunas are to Finns what dogs are to the English. It's a permit to talk to strangers. If you want to talk to strangers in England, borrow a dog and walk down the street. People will smile at you and ask you what the dog's name is, how old, and say how nice it is. . . . Otherwise they never notice you, it would be intrusive.