Saint Lucia’s Day is celebrated every year on 13 December by Finland Swedes around the country. In Helsinki, the crowning of the Lucia Maiden takes place at the Helsinki Cathedral, leading the Festival of Light in a parade through the city.
Celebrated around Finland in late August and September, these relaxed and informal events are originally a Swedish tradition imported here by Finland Swedes. With a combination of several schnapps and a party hat, songs are sung all night, with the noisy consumption of crayfish signalling that summer time is drawing to a close.
This weeklong fishy celebration was first arranged in 1743, with Finland-Swedish fishermen descending on Helsinki’s Market Square. In early October each year, visitors can sample all manner of pickled and marinated herring, fish products and other delicacies tempting the taste buds – all under the watchful eye of the festival jury.
Ever wondered what Harry Potter might say if he could speak Swedish? One of the benefits of all films screening at the cinemas here in Finland are the Swedish subtitles displayed at the bottom of the screen. Read along, practise your language skills and find out what the biggest stars are saying in Swedish.