experiences in finland

have you traveled to or lived in finland? share your experiences

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oulu, finland - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/31/13.

How much time have you spent in Finland?

I've been here since September 19th 2012. So just over a year now, time flies.

How old were you when you came to Finland? Where were you before?

I was 21, it was around a month after turning 21 actually. I am originally from Scotland.

What brought you to Finland? What made you choose Finland over any other place you could've gone?

I wouldn't really say I had any choice in the matter. I met a girl online, we decided it would be awesome to see each other, so I came here thinking I'd only be here for around 5 weeks. Now we're married and with a child on the way.

Describe the city you live in in Finland and your impressions of it.

Oulu is a very nice city, one thing I've noticed is that it's very flat, extremely flat, this is strange as I'm from Scotland. It's a very clean city, everything seems to run on time and as soon as the snow starts to fall it'll be shoveled onto the sides of the roads in hours. It's a pretty efficient place, even if some people look down on it for being ''depressing.'

How does the city you live in compare to other cities in Finland? What drew you to the city you live in over other cities in...

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espoo, finland - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 01/08/14.

How much time have you spent in Finland?

I lived there for 3.5 years and have visited numerous times since 2003. Probably 4+ years spent there total.

How old were you when you came to Finland? Where were you before?

I was 25 at the time. Before this I spent most of my time in SLC, Utah. Born in Florida though and my family travelled tons.

What brought you to Finland? What made you choose Finland over any other place you could've gone?

My boyfriend (met in Everquest) was Finnish. He was more settled than I was at the point at which we decided to live together, thus I moved to him. I didn't actually move to live with him until sometime after we were engaged (moved to Finland in January of 2005.)

Describe the city you live in in Finland and your impressions of it.

I lived in Espoo (Olari to be precise) a suburbia of Helsinki. We lived in a nice spot, close to the sea and a forest for riding bikes. A lot of families around, shops, gyms etc. Espoo, like much of Finland, has horrible architecture. I think my first query was whether I was moving to Soviet Russia (due to the austerity of the architecture). I find it very convenient to live there though. Close to Helsinki...

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