Finnish Sauna


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The Finnish culture has enduring cultural ties to sauna use that have stood the test of time. It is widely rumored that the leaders of Finland participate in a traditional Finnish sauna together before coming to a decision pertaining to any matters of importance. The sauna, thus is considered in some ways a social equalizer and way of bringing people together.

In Finland, most of the children, somewhere in the neighborhood of 90%, will have been indeed introduced to the sauna at some point by the age of two. Nearly every home in Finland has a sauna. The saunas in the nation of Finland are also hotter, and the Finn’s also tend to indeed have a mix of eccentric Finnish sauna traditions that have not made the leap to other nations in the same way the sauna itself has.

One of traditions of the Finnish missing from a number of the places in the world that have, for the most part, otherwise accepted and adopted sauna use as their own, is the after sauna ice swimming. If a frozen over pond isn’t nearby, many Finnish people will simply lay down fully naked on the snowy ground and then return to the sauna. One other arguably unusually tradition you generally won’t run across in America is the use of wet, leafy birch.

One other aspect of the Finnish sauna use tradition is the utilization of a sauna bucket and ladle to pour water onto the stones to create a hot blast of steam. This steam rapidly increases the humidity in the dry sauna and can bring about the sensation of almost instantly increased room temperature. Manipulating the air’s moisture content within a hot sauna is, humorously enough, a special assigned job in Austria. The individual who is in charge of the steam is called the “Saunameister.”

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