Finns and Finnish culture

It has become a common phenomenon for foreigners living in Finland to describe Finns, Finnish culture, nature and so forth. This is my very first time of doing so even though I have lived here for close to four years.

Many times most have described Finns as shy, reserved, calm, quiet, unfriendly and all that but I am of a different opinion. Finns are very interesting and trust worthy people. They are time conscious and punctual. They are the kind of people you should really get to know before they open up. This does not really make them boring, shy or quiet. Finns don’t really talk back during a conversation and they usually will not raise a topic but once you find the ice breakers, you will realize that one of the most interesting people to talk to in Europe is Finns.

Finland is a beautiful and a lovely country with outstanding nature, great people, exciting culture and delicious dishes. I am not really a big fun of Finnish foodPrattGodson3-pieni but I love the Christmas ham, mashed potatoes, makaronilaatiko and kirjolohi.  I saw snow first time in Finland and I have fallen in love with it ever since. I love the Finnish winter even though many usually complain that it’s too long and very cold. I enjoy all the winter, autumn, spring and summer months. It kind of feels like Finnish summer is sometimes warmer than Ghana. It is very common to hear that drinking beer and vodka is a Finnish culture but is drinking really a cultural thing? If so then I would say that vodka is more of a Russian culture than a Finnish. I like vappu. Most of us usually make fun of vappu as a period where Finns are allowed to drink themselves to death and that Finland is the only country in the world where there is a drinking holiday.

I have lived in about five cities in Finland, which includes Helsinki, Turku, Imatra, Lappeenranta and currently Salo. I have perfect experiences from almost all this cities and there is always something interesting to find in all the cities in Finland. I love living in Finland and to me, it’s the best place in the world currently.

Text and photo: Pratt Godson

Education is the key

A comparison between studying in Ghana and Finland is nothing fun, considering the huge differences in teaching methods, facilities, educational cultures, student behaviors and so on. In this article, I will touch on my experiences in Ghana and Finland. I studied from daycare until high school in Ghana and in Finland I have done short courses and also polytechnic level.

The number of students in a class is usually high in Ghana compared to Finland.  In most of my classes in Finland, there are usually about 20 students in a lecture but there PrattGodson2-2could be over 200 students in one lecture in Ghana. This has changed over the years because infrastructure is developing and so on but I guess it will still take some time.

I am more relaxed when it comes to examinations here because there is not much pressure on me and this is because we usually write exams right after a course and you can always take re-exams up to three times before you would have to retake the course. This was not the case in Ghana, usually we would study different course for over four months and take all the exams at the same time which makes the stress more and we usually do not get any reading materials or possible topics for the examination.

In my personal and honest opinion, I enjoy more as student in Finland than in my home country. It’s not a surprise that the educational system of Finland is rated the number one in the world.

Text and photo: Pratt Godson

My day as a student in Finland

I am a night person so that basically means that I am more active in the night than in the day. This also means that I go to bed very late in the night. My classes would normally start at 8.15 or 9.00, so I usually have to wake up with the help of an alarm. I love to take long showers and sometimes baths before leaving for school so I would usually wake up an hour before so I can have time to that. 

We have a friend network that goes to school together in one car or sometimes even walk together to school so we usually first text message each other to know the plan. In school we hang out with classmates and its same after school. There are about 15 different nationalities in my class so you could imagine how multiPrattGodson1-3cultural it is. Hanging out with this great people with different cultures is great. I am a big fun of table tennis and probably the best player in the world. I usually invite exchange students to play since we have an international standard board at the school’s gym. I am soul searching for a player like me (joke). When I get home from school, I make food. Fufu is my favorite food. Since all the materials to make fufu are not available in Finland, I improvise and make fufu with manna or sometimes flour. 

Wednesday and Thursday nights are typical party nights for students in Turku and Salo. On a usual party night, we hook up with friends at a sports bar in Turku where we begin the night with watching a football match after which we hit the clubs. Klubi is a famous reggae bar in Turku and for regular guys like me; it’s a perfect fit to hear some nice (irie) vibes.  Blessed love!

Text and photo: Pratt Godson