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A Finnish Valentine's Day

A Finnish Valentine's Day

Understanding Finns

To understand Valentine's Day in Finland you must first understand Finnish behavior. Unlike much of the rest of the world, Finnish people are not touchy or publicly affectionate. Public intimacy may turn Finnish faces red and bring about an uncomfortable feeling. Finnish friends are more likely to give a firm handshake rather than to greet with a hug. So what happens on Valentine's Day in Finland?

Ystävänpäivä: Friendship day

St. Valentine's day, traditionally romantic in the rest of the world, is quite different in Finland. Ystävänpäivä is the Finnish name for St. Valentine's Day. This Finnish word means "Friendship Day" in the Finnish Language, or "Day of the friends".
Some might say that Finland has improved Valentine's Day by emphasizing the value of friends instead. Friends are there for one another through good times and bad. Yet, friends get busy, lost in work, isolated, and lost in their own life dilemmas. Strong friendships seem hard to come by in this growing and ever changing world of ours. For this reason, in Finland, February 14th is a day to say 'thanks' to our friends, celebrate human generosity and to remember what friends have been beside us at trying times. 
No matter whether Valentine's Day should be shared among lovers or between close friends, the shared theme of the day is to make a caring and thoughtful gesture towards a significant person in your life.

Valentine's Day Shopping

Traditionally in Finland, one would give cards and small gifts such as jewelry, candy and flowers to friends and relatives. It is not uncommon, that when presented with a gift will result a Finn's face will suddenly be blushed. Think about it, a public declaration of friendship?
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What is Sisu?

What is Sisu?

Sisu is Finland's best kept secret. For over 500 years sisu has been the  way of life in Finland. Sisu is a Finnish construct that offers an explanation to the mental toughness and ability to endure while facing extraordinary odds.

If you are unsure if you have ever wielded 'sisu' for yourself, ask yourself if you have ever endured adversity in life. You may have had an experience where your tank was empty and somehow you continued on. Afterwards when someone would ask how you overcame such obstacles, you probably didn't have an answer. That is sisu.

It is said that one cannot understand Finns without understanding the meaning of sisu. It has also been said that sisu is "untranslatable" but that is a false conclusion. Albert Einstein once said, "What we cannot describe simply, we don't really understand." Sisu is a psychological strength capacity enabling individuals to power on when they feel they have reached the limits of their perceived mental or physical capacities. So it can be said that sisu describes the Finnish spirit. It's a concept that drives Finns lives.

How many Finns does it take to change a light bulb? None. Finns aren't afraid of the dark! In Finland, they have it all day long in the winter.


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All you need to know about Swedish Dishcloths

All you need to know about Swedish Dishcloths

What is a Swedish Dishcloth?

The marvelously absorbent Swedish dish cloths are a wonder in the kitchen. You'll never want to go back to sponges or regular cloths when you see how they work. They soften when wet & wash & dry like a dream. Kitchen surfaces are virtually streak-free. Made of 70% cellulose and 30% cotton, they're durable (just wash them in your washing machine). And since they are all natural you can even compost them should you tire of them. They're more sanitary than sponges - they dry out more quickly. Use them instead of paper towels to blot up spills -- they absorb 15 times their weight in water. And the motifs will give your kitchen a Scandinavian accent!

The History of the Swedish Dishcloth

Back in 1949 a Swedish man engineered a new material out of natural & renewable fibers. The Swedish dishcloth follows Scandinavian tradition of form and function -- which must be why it is used all over Scandinavia. In Scandinavia, it is common for dish towels to be reused. Across the Nordic, paper towels are rarely used. Scandinavians follow the motto of reuse and recycle naturally.

Replaces paper towels + sponges

These cloths are a huge hit with Eco-conscious and cost driven consumers. Replace paper towel with Swedish dishcloths - one of these cellulose & cotton dishtowels does the work of 17 rolls of paper toweling! Swedish dishcloths are more durable and hygienic than a slow-to-dry, bacteria-ridden sponge. Each individual Swedish dishcloth can be thrown in the dishwasher (top rack) or washing machine for over 200 cycles!

  • 3,000 tons of paper towels end up in our country’s landfills every day. 
  • One Swedish Dishcloth replaces 17 rolls of paper towels.
  • It absorbs 16x its weight.
  • It is far more hygienic than a sponge and won’t crumble or pill.
  • It air dries quickly, so it doesn’t breed bacteria or smell. 
  • Cleans most household surfaces & more!

Perfect for household chores, from cleaning up spills to polishing.

  • Can be used with just water, soap, or cleaners.
  • Cleans counter tops, granite, stainless steel and glass. 
  • Cleans streak-free.
  • Use the super soft cloth for cleaning your children.
  • Cleans dishes easily and efficiently
  • Pro tip: The backside of the cloth is the scrubby side

Can be washed over 200 times

  • It can be cleaned in the washing machine or in the top rack of the dishwasher.
  • It can also be boiled or microwaved (when damp) for 30 seconds. 
  • Hang over the faucet or lay flat to air dry. Do not tumble dry.

Lasts 9-12 months and is biodegradable

  • It is 100% natural and printed with water based inks.
  • You can even compost it!

So what are you waiting for?

Embrace Scandinavian simplicity, functionality, and aesthetics with these eco-friendly dishcloths that are decorated with whimsical motifs, which include graphics, birds, animals, seasonal and holiday themes! 

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St. Urho's Day!

Another St. Urho's Day has come and pass (Mar 16), check out an interview conducted at our store for the Finnish-American holiday by a WJMN3 a local Marquette news team.


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