Nobody works in Finland (during July)

Doing business in Finland is great. Don’t even try during July or early August though. Many companies move at a slower pace and normally busy workers head to the lakes.

Not so at SuloNorth. Don’t worry, we’re still enjoying ourselves of course. Smells of strawberries, sweet peas and seagull shit (those famous Helsinki seagulls) have filled our noses, while we’ve tasted fresh ice cream and cold brews.

Soon life will be back to normal. In the meanwhile here are some interesting summertime facts:

  • Finns are the biggest ice cream eaters in Europe, on average a Finn eats about 13 litres in a year. 
  • In 2018, there were 40 ‘heat days’ (days when temperatures reached over 25C) between May-August period (measured at HEL aka Helsinki Vantaa Airport). This makes it the hottest summer in capital area since measurements were taken by the Finnish Meteorological Institute (year 1959).
  • While beer is still the most popular cold alcoholic beverage in Finland it has lost popularity while Finnish Lonkero (long drink) has gained market share, according to statistics from The Federation of the Brewing and Soft Drinks Industry. Cheers!
  • In 2018 traveling by train in Finland increased by 1.8 million passengers from 2017. At the same time air traffic increased by 2.3 million passengers. 
  • There are more wasps around now than earlier in the summer since the hives are full, baby bees everywhere. So be on the look out for these stingers!

Published by Alina Lehtinen-Vela Helsinki, Finland.

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