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Every time I make a comic about Finnish saunas I'm told it's a running joke in Finland that Finns only make small talk in saunas.

5th May 2015

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2 years ago #9470096        
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Our icy layer starts to melt a bit in high temperatures of sauna, so we'll get a bit more chatty. After leaving sauna, our natural subzero core quickly cools down and we're back to the familiar cold facade.

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3 months ago #9723134        
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Am I the only one who enjoys Finland's speaking?

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2 years ago #9465010        
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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.

3 years ago #9410310        
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I'd love see this as an animation!

Lhinden

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2 years ago #9484719        
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Silentium est aurum

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txag70

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3 years ago #9403028        
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Amazingly, the word "Perkele" was nowhere to be found here.

2 years ago #9463258        
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"Finnish people are most stoic human beings on earth"
http://www.iep.utm.edu/stoicism/

Finnish people are defined by silence. Is that healthy?

"The key to the Finnish character is quietude. Finns rarely enter into conversation with strangers; words are chosen carefully; small talk is considered suspect. Instead Finns revere "sacred silence" and hold that keeping quiet is healthy and promotes thoughtfulness. In his book Cultures in Conversation, author Donal Carbaugh quotes a young Finn who admits, "I never realized that people in other cultures might regard the word 'shy' as a negative word... 'Ujo' or 'shy' in Finnish has a neutral or positive meaning."
"Finland is no place for complainers, and long, dark Arctic winters have shaped some of the hardiest—and most stoic—human beings on Earth.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200701/global-psyche-no-need-words

Rappio

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5 months ago #9701800        
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enought talk for the moment lets get more steam less talking....

btw what is difference between swedish and finnish sauna experiment?

in finnish sauna its too hot to think before talk so we just bring some noise we call chatting and in swedish sauna you can read newspaper and talk about weather...

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1 year ago #9582569        
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haha! i bet finland's voice would be really low

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1 year ago #9556780        
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The shock on their faces is priceless X'D

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