When living abroad, it is small things that help when suffering from homesickness. I don’t particularly miss Finland, it’s mainly my dear friends but having Finnish things at home make me feel like I’m not that far away.
When describing a Finn, one often says the people have Finnish Sisu, I get the same challenge when trying to describe Danish hygge to foreigners, you will know it when you feel it. Sisu is part of a finns character. The Institute of Languages in Finland defines Sisu as: perseverance, persistence, willpower, relentless drive, dauntless, unyielding, brave, audacity and courage. This is something that dates back to history books as we have had to fight the big bad Russians who live next door. But today a small box of breath mints are named after Finnish Sisu – Suomalaista Sisua