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Sauna culture in Finland


Sauna is one of the national icons of Finland. It is same as Pizza is for Italy or the Kangaroo is for Australia. Sauna is for Finnish people as a passion and a part of their national identity. "Sauna" is actually a Finnish word, and it is by the way the only Finnish word that has entered the world vocabulary.

Sauna is for every occasion, it is not only for leisure time, but also for business. In Finland, it is considered normal to hold business meetings in the Sauna. Its’ social nature and relaxing effects make Sauna an excellent place for negotiations and exchange of ideas.

While a hot sauna may seem a cruel punishment to inexperienced bathers, it is actually a very pleasant experience.

A short swim in a lake makes the perfect sauna experience. In Sotkaniemi cottage we had a sauna in the separate building just next to the lake. We used this sauna every evening and we believe that this really made us to be more relaxed from that vacation.