Top Ten Reasons Finland is Better Than Canada



  • Tove Jansson is most definitely Finnish, born and died in Helsinki. Just, like you said, a Swedish-speaking Finn, they're about a 5 % minority here. Despite the seemingly small percentage, and because of history, both Finnish and Swedish are actually official languages in Finland. Kinda not unlike English and French in Canada.



  • @sentinel-beach Wow, that's actually super interesting to me. So is there lots of signage and labeling in Swedish? Would you say most people speak a little Swedish?



  • @e_zed_eh_intern
    Every street, city, region has a swedish name if it's different from finnish one. When going to movies there is a swedish subtitles with finnish one. Product descriptions and all. Pretty much majority has them.



  • Least I have seen them are in restaurants which are run by foreign origin people. Some have just finnish menu.



  • NUMBER 5 - The Northern Lights

    Potentially little known fact: you can see the northern lights (aurora borealis) in Finland. And they look pretty darn beautiful in the picture below. You can also see them in several parts of Canada, per the second picture below.

    Finland
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    Canada
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    Now, these are just still images of a moving object that is always changing in shape, colour and size so it would be really hard to argue that one is better than the other. I just feel like they might be much easier to enjoy when you aren't constantly haunted by the thought of becoming fertilizer in the form of polar bear poop. So, since there are no polar bears in Finland, that's a win.



  • @tearju-engi Very cool, thanks for the info!



  • NUMBER 4 - Lakes

    This is a good time to point out that these are in no particular order.

    Two countries are generally debated to be the nation with the most lakes within its borders and those countries are...oh, look at that, Finland and Canada. So it's a tie, right? Weeeeeell, if you look at the ranking of nations by size, Canada comes in at number 2 while Finland is 64. So even if the number of lakes is exactly even, this means that Finland has WAY more lakes per square km than Canada. This means if you go to your usual lake and find a bunch of drunk douche bags taking up the whole beach with their football game, you don't have to travel nearly as far to get to your backup lake. I also imagine the number of football-throwing douche bags at the beach is much lower in Finland.



  • NUMBER 3 - Hockey Jerseys

    You're going to war against the meanest MFers in hockey from every hockey powerhouse nation across the globe.

    Do you bring a leaf?...

    Canada
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    Or a Dark Souls boss?

    Finland
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    Even if you don't like the lion with swords, the blue just looks so good.



  • NUMBER 2 - Lohikeitto (so happy I only have to write these things and not say them)

    A few years ago, my sister-in-law came to visit so I was trying to find some really authentic restaurants with food you can't find in Japan. I found a restaurant that focused on the foods of the indigenous people of Canada (it's called Salmon and Bannock, if you come to Vancouver, I highly recommend). They had this salmon soup that was phenomenal. Creamy, salty and packed to the brim with dill.

    Flash forward to a few days ago and I buy me a piece of salmon with the intention of recreating that soup. I Google me some "salmon soup" and one of the options I see is this Finnish salmon soup that sound mysteriously similar to what I had eaten all those years ago. So I make it last night and OH MY GOD it is the best thing to happen to my taste buds in some time.

    So now I'm in a conflict. Both countries have provided me with delicious salmon and dill soup. How do I separate them?...

    Eureka!! I Google "origin of dill" and find that it's from Southern Europe, particularly the Mediterranean. Furthermore, the word "dill" apparently comes from the Norwegian word "dilla" which means "to soothe". So based on this research, I think it's fair to assume Finland had dill first considering its relative proximity to Southern Europe and its shared border with Norway. Finland is the OG, we're just imitators.

    Lohikeitto, look it up. Easy to make and insanely delicious.



  • NUMBER 1 - Consumption of Coffee

    Have you ever been sitting around with a friend and said, "hey, wanna grab a coffee?" only to receive the reply, "I don't drink coffee"? If you're Finnish, probably not. Nothing crushes me more to hear somebody I thought I knew utter these words. Finns drink the most coffee per capita of any nation in the world! They drink, on average, 12 kg per capita per year, which is almost double the amount of the average Canadian at 6.5 kg. That's HALF the number of annoying responses from friends; AKA doing it better.

    Oh, they also won the Winter War over the massive military super power Russia, which is super cool but I could find no record of Canada vs Russia wars.