These are the most Googled questions about Finland and Finns

Sauna, booze and squinty eyes – what kind of information are people looking for in Finland?

Finns have traditionally always been interested in what is said about us in the world – or what Finnish customs or features are admired elsewhere.

One way to find out is to enter various searches related to Finland into Google. When you type in a search engine “Why Finland…”– this “Why is there…” -style search, the machine automatically completes it with general questions asked about Finland and Finns.

According to Google, search predictions are created automatically using an algorithm, and they are based on the number of previous searches for the word. Read what kind of questions Finland raises on Google!

ScreenshotThese questions are asked about Finland
The good reputation of the Finnish education system is known around the world, but it raises additional questions.

1. Why is Finland’s education system the best in the world?

One thing that the world seems to know about Finland is the high-level education system and excellent Pisa results. It seems that many people are wondering what are the things that are done better at school in Finland than elsewhere.

2. Why is the Finnish language so difficult?

The Finnish language causes confusion among both those who study it and those who hear it in the world. Why are the words so long? And what are jerks? It’s no wonder that one of the most common questions related to Finland concerns the language, which is perceived as difficult.

3. Why do Finns hate Swedes?

Neighboring Sweden is the Finns’ favorite enemy in hockey and in almost everything else – and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by other nationalities either. The struggle for superiority in the good spirit of Finland and Sweden is of course not unique. The same comparison is made in numerous other neighboring countries.

4. Why is Finland not part of Scandinavia?

Colloquially, Finland is often spoken of as part of Scandinavia, but in reality Scandinavia is counted as only Sweden, Norway and Denmark. When Finland and Iceland are added to the group, we can talk about the Nordic countries.

The orthodox definition of Scandinavia is not clear even to all Finns, and the matter arouses even more confusion among foreigners.

5. Why do Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes?

The Finnish maternity package is an everyday thing at home, which is admired around the world. The maternity package became particularly famous in 2013, when the British BBC wrote an article about Finnish babies sleeping in a cardboard box.

ScreenshotTypical Googled questions about Finland and Finns
The world wonders why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes.

6. Why are Finns depressed?

Less flattering stereotypes associated with Finland include darkness, depression and high suicide rates. At the same time, however, Finland has also been selected among the happiest countries in various comparisons.

7. Why do Finns drink so much?

Admittedly, Finns have a reputation around the world as a nation that doesn’t spit in glasses. This has certainly been noticed especially in countries where Finns travel a lot. The topic seems to bother many people so much that they look for an answer on the internet.

8. Why do Finns love saunas?

No one knows exactly how many saunas there are in all of Finland, but various estimates have been made, from just under two million to three million. All in all, it’s a lot in a country of 5.5 million inhabitants.

The world is surprised that a sauna is part of the basic equipment of Finnish homes. Tourists visiting Finland will most likely get a taste of Finnish sauna culture during their vacation.

ScreenshotGeneral Google searches in Finland
Google’s autocomplete reveals questions that foreigners have about Finland.

9. Why are Finns quiet?

During a southern vacation, it becomes clear even to Finns that we are a rare quiet nation. In Finland, we talk when there is a point, and there is not always room for unnecessary small talk. A lot of people might wonder why this is.

10. Why do Finns have crooked eyes?

Perhaps the most surprising Google automatic suggestion is related to the eyes of Finns. The search engine offers several questions that amaze the Finns’ crooked eyes and ask why Finns look like Asians.

>> Read also: Brittilehti listed 18 things that make Finland the best country in the world – do you agree?

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