Ink Tank - Make words not war Joel Willans

 

There are more saunas than cars in Finland. In fact, Finn’s love is so great there’s probably even Finnish cars with saunas. Consequently, if you’re a visitor or a recent arrival, you’ll need to give sauna a go. That’s the unwritten law and if you ignore it you risk suspicious stares at best, the silent treatment at worse, (and Finnish silent treatment can last for years). Happily, help is at hand in the form of this handy guide I’ve put together to ensure your first time is one to remember for all the right reasons.

Don’t wear clothes

Public nudity can take time to get used. Practise in your own home with friends and family if necessary. If you don’t have time for this, remember sauna is pretty dark and nobody is looking at you… that is unless you stroll in with a pair of Bermuda shorts or a neon thong.

Don’t sit on the highest bench

Heat rises. The higher you are in the sauna, the more likely it will feel like your skin is going to get seared off. Lips and fingertips are most susceptible to this world of sizzling pain. Only the very hardcore sit up top, their nerve ending have long been destroyed by years of exposure to löyly, the cute Finnish name for skin burning sauna steam




Don’t put your feet in the water bucket or drink from it

This is the sacred sauna water and no matter how desperate you are chill off or how parched you are from the incessant heat, the water in that bucket is for one thing and one thing only, to make you hotter.

Don’t moan about the heat

The heat is the whole point of a sauna. Saying a sauna is too hot is like saying your shower is too wet. If the sizzling embrace of the löyly is causing you to feel faint, don’t wait until you faceplant onto the sauna floor. Sit yourself on the lowest bench and breathe slowly and calmly. Wasting your breath sighing and moaning about how scorching it is will only make you, and the other occupants, feel worse.

Don’t go mad with the löyly water

One of the great temptations, when you go to your first Finnish sauna, is to go crazy throwing water on the rocks. There’s something deeply satisfying about the whooshing of steam and the sudden rush of heat, but do it too much and the consequences can be extreme. Not only do you fry your skin, you also soon turn a very bright lobster red. Not a good look for anyone, (unless of course you’re English in which case it’s the expected holiday colour).




Don’t stare

Just don’t. The likelihood is you’re from a country where communal nudity isn’t a national pastime, but staring is still rude. One of the greatest things about sauna is that it destroys the myth of body beautiful and shows nobody’s perfect. If have stare at something look at your hands as they go an ever-increasing deep shade of rose.

Do swim

It might be minus 25 outside and so cold your nipples retreat back into your body. It doesn’t matter. Swimming is what makes sauna so special. The ying to löyly’s yang. People say Finland is a country of extremes and freezing your balls off (if you have them) after experiencing heat, which makes your sweat sweat is as extreme as you get. So, don’t be shy. Take the plunge. Your body will say thank you.




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Joel Willans is the Co-Founder of Ink Tank Media and creator of Very Finnish Problems. Author of  Spellbound: Stories of Women’s Magic over Men and 101 Very Finnish Problems: A foreigner’s guide to surviving in Finland, his prize-winning fiction has been broadcast on BBC radio and published in dozens of magazines and collections worldwide. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.




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Ink Tank - Make words not war Thomas Nybergh

It’d be nice to live on a non-ruined planet, in peace. If your line of thinking also includes a scientific worldview and questions on how to balance labor cost with wealth redistribution in a globalized world, you’re probably one of us forward thinking people. We want to stay informed.

Newsflash: powerful people want turn back the clock on social issues, ignore the limits of our natural resources and, at their worst, create closed, authoritarian oligarchies. In the Anglosphere, Brexit and that historically unstable clown in the White House make the news intolareble.

Apple podcasts on different devices

Apple devices come with the quite decent Podcasts app (or iTunes on Mac). You can find all our recommendations there.

Luckily, there’s an alternative to click-baity websites and videos: podcasts. Text and video require staring at a screen, but podcasts don’t even force you to sit to get both depth and breadth.

So, we’ve collected some of the best socially and politically significant podcasts. Try them out while doing chores, walking the dog, commuting or working out. This writer wants to personally recommend podcasts to dyslectics and fellow ADHD folks, or for anyone who might have trouble reading as much as they’d like.

The best way to listen is with a good app on your smartphone. Even the worst earbuds you have in a drawer somewhere works for spoken word. Our recommendations can be found in any good podcast app. And if you need tips on how to listen, we’ve left some at the end of this article.




Before we begin, a content warning. Some of our recommendations refer to themes such as sexual violence, religious cults and executions. Some are guaranteed to contain racist, sexist and other slurs.

BBC Breaking news what now

1. BBC Global News Podcast

Updated twice a day and once during weekends, British public service provides news from all over the planet. This newscast allows you, to an excent, escape the anglocentric newsscape. At the same time, it offers quick looks into the topics of the day in both the US and UK.
 

2. FT Politics

Some might consider Financial Times, their free-market stance and core readership as parts of the big problems. However, if you live on, or your heart belongs to one of those post-colonial islands in the north Atlantic Ocean, you’d be hard pressed to find a more articulate source for quick discussions that sum up current politics from different perspectives. The FT Politics show is that good.

 
 

 

3. Trumpcast

This is one the original shows that caught on to the then emerging shitshow of Trump’s presidential candidacy. Slate’s generally moderately left-of-center perspective allows for a multitude of guests to discuss topics crucial for understanding the deranged attempt at a long con, taking place in Washington DC.

 
 

 

4. Chapo Trap Hourse

Annoyed by centrist liberals? If so, meet Chapo Trap House. This rag-tag collective of the self-described US “dirtbag left”, berated Hillary Clinton’s self-importance and technocracy, long before it was cool. Their occasional coverage of the fringe left groups is equally sardonic and gonzoesque.

Vulgar? Hilarious? Male dominated? Sure. But these guys manage to roast pundit culture, be a bit out there at times, while remaining on-point and analytical. Fort the most part, they end up with the “radical” perspective that the Nordic welfare state shouldn’t be impossible in the Anglosphere.

If you hear people talk shit about Chapo, just look for their episodes on US healthcare reform or their interview with a dude fighting ISIS in Syria. This fun and valuable show is one of our favorites.

 
 

 

5. Big Time Dicks

If the above seems like a bit of a sausage fest so far, Big Time Dicks might be what you’re looking for. Regardless of your age or gender, we highly suggest that you tune in to this show, for your dose of women discussing American politics from their own perspective. Civil, reproductive and LGBTQ rights just scratch the surface.

This is the kind of quality you’d expect from the shows publisher, Jezebel, a renowned feminist online publication

 




 

6. Intercepted

Intercepted offers a clear, leftist lens to study both Anglo politics and the world at large. Intercepted is the online publication started by Glenn Greenwald of Snowden-leaks fame. They offer, also in podcast form, highly critical perspectives outside the hysteria of US liberals that has become more focused on Trump and Russia than many other atrocities taking place. The interviews here are stellar.

 
 

 

7. Wrongful Conviction

Ever wondered how bad the American criminal justice system really is? Like true crime podcasts?  Well now, here’s some sour candy for you. On Wrongful Conviction, The Innocence Project features some of the most absurd stories you’ll ever hear.

The Innocence Project is a non-profit that takes on awful cases of judicial miscarriage, people who’ve been locked up wrongfully convicted for years. While there’s the equally disturbing Amanda Knox case, can be blamed on an reckless Italian prosecutor, the Innocence Project focuses on the atrocity that is American justice. They’ve literally saved people from death row.

 
 

8. Another Round

What’s wrong with our selection so far? Well, most of our show selection take a rather white perspective. The melanin challenged among us living in the West, sometimes forget that the world, in reality, is far from color blind. We’ve picked Another Round, with its charismatic hosts, as an excellent way to get the gist of issues you might otherwise miss.

Podcasts that aren’t necessarily meant for you, still let you listen in on conversations you’d otherwise miss. Which in this case is chatter between people of color. Getting clued up while occupying absolutely no space in the discourse helps you be a good ally in tough times.

 
 

 

9. Conversations With People Who Hate Me

What would the world be without people you don’t agreed with? Paradise? That’s anyone’s guess, but in this reality, we must try to face and understand people who very much don’t agree with us. At all.

Turns out: Most people spewing vitriol on the inteweb are, well, just people. One brave netizen has taken up the task of having eye-opening, heartfelt conversations with people who have quite different values. Oh, and the interview subjects are the people who’ve sent the worst hate messages to the host.

 
 

 

10. Jezebel’s Dirtcast

Is celebrity gossip your thing? It seems to be for many people, and with Dirtcast, it doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure. Jezebel, an online publication known for their feminist stance, shakes up the genre by providing a lot of smart and socially conscious commentary on celeb-related things.

Some particularly episodes grapple with the bloodthirsty cult of Scientology, R. Kelly’s ugly history of sexual violence, and how scenes involving violence and rape in well-known movies have been handled extremely irresponsibly by shithead maestros in classic cinema.

 

11. BBC’s From Our Own Correspondent

All of the above offer a variety of sweet, salty crunchy and delicious snacks. Healthy, organic artisanal snacks. But snacks nonetheless. It’s time to get to the vegetables. And From Our Own Correspondent puts the British taxpayer’s money to hard work.

In this long-running radio series (est. 1955), BBC’s international correspondents describe, in deep essay writing, phenomena around the world you might never hear of elsewhere. This is stuff that you cut our from your information diet at your own peril.

 




 

12. Rookie

The murderous, deranged and cynical character of the always relevant yuppie diss of American Psycho (both the novel and the movie), is 27 years old. You may not life live in a fancy Manhattan apartment in an age when “important” men still had secretaries. However, if you’re older than say, 25, you better get into a habit of understanding people younger than you, or you’ll find yourself on the wrong side of a generational divide, way sooner than you think.

’96-born Tavi Genvinson’s smart online magazine Rookie, nominally aimed at teenage girls, offers multitude of voices you don’t want to isolate yourself from. The podcast is as good as the rest. Again, about listening in on stuff that’s not necessarily meant for you? Well, it’s good for you.

 
 

13. Pod Save America / Pod Save The World / Pod Save The People

This combo recommendation is for a couple of shows with former Obama aides that manage to sum up and explain US politics, both foreign and domestic, with detail you generally don’t get elsewhere. While Obama’s presidency was a mixed bag, it’s clearly not because of a lack of competent people.

Pod Save The People is a later addition to the podcast network hosting the aforementioned two shows. With a focus on social justice issues, this show has featured plenty of good interviews, among them Edward Snowden.

 
 

Ready to listen?

There are free, ok podcasts apps on Android. Pocket Casts costs a couple of moneys, but it’s the best. It also perfect if you want to sync up your listening on both Android and iOS.

If you’re new to podcasts, we have one final recommendation: please listen with a good podcast app. You’ll thank us later. A good app will allow you to manage subscriptions, choose whether to download or stream episodes. Also, speed adjustments come in real handy if you want to cram in more listening.

Protip: if your data plan is limited or your commute involves poor cell coverage, set your app to download new shows overnight over your home Wi-Fi.

Good podcast apps allow you to add any show with RSS feeds. One such app is Apple Podcasts (iOS, free). You don’t need to know what RSS feeds are, because Apple also offers a library of podcasts, which other good podcast apps can search from too. Anyone who creates a podcast could (and should) add their show to Apple’s directory.

Other good apps include Overcast (iOS, free), Pocket Casts (iOS and arguably best app for Android), BeyondPod (Android, free) or Podcast and Radio Addict (Android, free).

Notice that some big, well knows streaming apps are missing from our recommendations. That’s because some of them suck, for podcast listening.  Some of them are also bad for podcast publishers in different ways. At Ink Tank we happen to care, because we like podcasts. We also produce our own show, Very Finnish Problems, which obviously is good.

Don’t miss out. Get started with podcasts today. You’re welcome to share your favorites in the comments section below.
 

 




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Finnish made Kone elevator

How does elevator awkwardness in Britain differ from the same in Finland? Joel Willans, author of Very Finnish Problems, asks game studies Ph.D. Aki Järvinen essential questions about migrating to the UK. Co-host Thomas Nybergh is curious about the demoscene and where fake money used inside video games ends up.

Contact: veryfinnishproblems@inktank.fi

Produced by Thomas Nybergh / Ink Tank Media

 

Shownotes:

Mr. Järvinen on Twitter

Elevators and how they impacted culture

Finnish chapter of IGDA, the International Game Developers Association

The Assembly demoparty

Example of a demo

Journalist Anni Lassila on how cool summers are becoming a privilege

Joel Willans with game studies Ph.D. Aki Järvinen

Joel Willans with game studies Ph.D. Aki Järvinen

 

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What’s so weird and wonderful about Finland? British born Joel Willans, creator of Very Finnish Problems, discusses, with a variety of fascinating guests, what he’s learnt after 15 years living in his much-loved, adopted country.

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"Tervetuloa", Finnish welcome sign

 

Somewhere along the line, someone figured out a great job for themselves: Ban things. It doesn´t matter what, just think of something for whatever reason you happen to think of at the moment. It´s a convenient way to make yourself seem important, and have an actual impact on the world. Not to mention banning things is way easier than suggesting constructive ideas and improvements on society.

Excessive banning is not exclusively a Finnish phenomenon, but what is astounding, is our ferocity in enforcing our regulations. No matter how silly, we take them seriously. Next week when somebody comes up with a new regulation, that will prohibit the sale of carrots on Tuesdays, two things will happen: First, we will shake our heads and laugh. Next, we will form a task force unit that will patrol convenience stores on Tuesdays.

Don´t believe us? Check out these funny things somebody somewhere wanted to ban.

Man eating liquorice pipe candy while driving

Photo by Henri Bergius

Liquorice pipes are evil!

Why? Because they look like pipes and therefore invite innocent children to smoking, drugs, and satanism. It has not yet been scientifically proven that liquorice acts a gateway drug, but better safe than sorry, right? Liquorice pipes have been banned, and released for sale an embarrassing amount of times, because…it keeps somebody somewhere busy. At the moment, the sale of liquorice pipes is not forbidden, but they are considered as tobacco-imitation products, and as such, they will not gather bonus points on your customer account, you naughty person.

 

 

VHS copy of Die HArd

Bruce Willis should not walk on broken glass!

This is one of the funnier examples of how the official board of censors wanted to protect their citizens. There´s a scene in Die Hard, where Bruce Willis walks barefooted on broken glass. Ever loving and protecting, the censors cut this scene from the video-release. It is not official how many lives were saved, but it has to be a lot, otherwise, this would just have been a random act of vandalism. The funny cuts don´t end there, many movies like Robocop, Predator, True Romance or any Seagal-film looked a lot different here than the rest of the world. The days of movie censorship are over now, which might explain the sudden uprising of chainsaw massacres in our country.

Beer brands on trucks are the devil´s work.

A couple of years ago this country was a mess, simply because the beer delivery trucks were allowed to have popular brand names on their sides. “Not on my watch”, said somebody, and the naughty trucks were all repainted. Thanks to the government everything´s a-ok now. Or have you involuntarily gone on a 5-day bender, and woken up in the gutter recently? That´s right you haven´t, and it´s all because you can´t see the brand names on trucks anymore.

No beer for you before 9 am.

This regulation apparently eliminates the supply for people who set the alarm at 7 to dash off for more beer. So if you´re at the checkout at 8:55, tough luck. Of course, there is a loophole to this. A clever consumer can buy some extra alcohol the day before and set the alarm at 7 to get wasted at the crack of dawn. Someone should put a stop to this.

 

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Ville NummenpääVille used to play guitar, compose, and write lyrics for the bands Euthanausea and Skyward. He is now embarking on a new career writing TV-screenplays, articles, short stories, and possibly stage plays. His screenwriting debut was for the tv-show Kimmo (2012-), and he is currently developing other new exciting projects for TV, cinema, and radio. His first published work on page was for an anthology Adverbially Challenged (2016), a book for writers, by writers. When not writing, you can find him on the sofa watching movies or blasting some death metal.


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"Tervetuloa", Finnish welcome sign

 

Somewhere along the line, someone figured out a great job for themselves: Ban things. It doesn´t matter what, just think of something for whatever reason you happen to think of at the moment. It´s a convenient way to make yourself seem important, and have an actual impact on the world. Not to mention banning things is way easier than suggesting constructive ideas and improvements on society.

Excessive banning is not exclusively a Finnish phenomenon, but what is astounding, is our ferocity in enforcing our regulations. No matter how silly, we take them seriously. Next week when somebody comes up with a new regulation, that will prohibit the sale of carrots on Tuesdays, two things will happen: First, we will shake our heads and laugh. Next, we will form a task force unit that will patrol convenience stores on Tuesdays.

Don´t believe us? Check out these funny things somebody somewhere wanted to ban.

Man eating liquorice pipe candy while driving

Photo by Henri Bergius

Liquorice pipes are evil!

Why? Because they look like pipes and therefore invite innocent children to smoking, drugs, and satanism. It has not yet been scientifically proven that liquorice acts a gateway drug, but better safe than sorry, right? Liquorice pipes have been banned, and released for sale an embarrassing amount of times, because…it keeps somebody somewhere busy. At the moment, the sale of liquorice pipes is not forbidden, but they are considered as tobacco-imitation products, and as such, they will not gather bonus points on your customer account, you naughty person.

 

 

VHS copy of Die HArd

Bruce Willis should not walk on broken glass!

This is one of the funnier examples of how the official board of censors wanted to protect their citizens. There´s a scene in Die Hard, where Bruce Willis walks barefooted on broken glass. Ever loving and protecting, the censors cut this scene from the video-release. It is not official how many lives were saved, but it has to be a lot, otherwise, this would just have been a random act of vandalism. The funny cuts don´t end there, many movies like Robocop, Predator, True Romance or any Seagal-film looked a lot different here than the rest of the world. The days of movie censorship are over now, which might explain the sudden uprising of chainsaw massacres in our country.

Beer brands on trucks are the devil´s work.

A couple of years ago this country was a mess, simply because the beer delivery trucks were allowed to have popular brand names on their sides. “Not on my watch”, said somebody, and the naughty trucks were all repainted. Thanks to the government everything´s a-ok now. Or have you involuntarily gone on a 5-day bender, and woken up in the gutter recently? That´s right you haven´t, and it´s all because you can´t see the brand names on trucks anymore.

No beer for you before 9 am.

This regulation apparently eliminates the supply for people who set the alarm at 7 to dash off for more beer. So if you´re at the checkout at 8:55, tough luck. Of course, there is a loophole to this. A clever consumer can buy some extra alcohol the day before and set the alarm at 7 to get wasted at the crack of dawn. Someone should put a stop to this.

 

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Ville NummenpääVille used to play guitar, compose, and write lyrics for the bands Euthanausea and Skyward. He is now embarking on a new career writing TV-screenplays, articles, short stories, and possibly stage plays. His screenwriting debut was for the tv-show Kimmo (2012-), and he is currently developing other new exciting projects for TV, cinema, and radio. His first published work on page was for an anthology Adverbially Challenged (2016), a book for writers, by writers. When not writing, you can find him on the sofa watching movies or blasting some death metal.


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Ink Tank - Make words not war Very Finnish Problems

What’s the weirdest place Finnish president Urho Kekkonen went fishing? Author Joel Willans is joined by maritime historian Aaro Sahari. The two discuss icebreaker ships and their impact on Finnish 20th century industrialization. Aaro explains how conquering nature with year-round open waterways affected Finnish national pride.

Contact: veryfinnishproblems@inktank.fi

Produced by Thomas Nybergh / Ink Tank Media

 

Shownotes:

Old footage with fearless strolling next to speeding icebreaker

Mr. Sahari’s academic record

Sahari & Matala: Small nation, big ships winter navigation and technological nationalism in a peripheral country, 1878–1978 (paywall)

Mr. Sahari’s popularized article on icebreakers (in Finnish)

Finnish Funding Agency TEKES makes video campaign with self-mutilating daredevils group Dudesons

Joel Willans with maritime historian Aaro Sahari

Joel Willans with maritime historian Aaro Sahari

 

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What’s so weird and wonderful about Finland? British born Joel Willans, creator of Very Finnish Problems, discusses, with a variety of fascinating guests, what he’s learnt after 15 years living in his much-loved, adopted country.
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Ink Tank - Make words not war Very Finnish Problems

What’s the weirdest place Finnish president Urho Kekkonen went fishing? Author Joel Willans is joined by maritime historian Aaro Sahari. The two discuss icebreaker ships and their impact on Finnish 20th century industrialization. Aaro explains how conquering nature with year-round open waterways affected Finnish national pride.

Contact: veryfinnishproblems@inktank.fi

Produced by Thomas Nybergh / Ink Tank Media

 

Shownotes:

Old footage with fearless strolling next to speeding icebreaker

Mr. Sahari’s academic record

Sahari & Matala: Small nation, big ships winter navigation and technological nationalism in a peripheral country, 1878–1978 (paywall)

Mr. Sahari’s popularized article on icebreakers (in Finnish)

Finnish Funding Agency TEKES makes video campaign with self-mutilating daredevils group Dudesons

Joel Willans with maritime historian Aaro Sahari

Joel Willans with maritime historian Aaro Sahari

 

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About the show

What’s so weird and wonderful about Finland? British born Joel Willans, creator of Very Finnish Problems, discusses, with a variety of fascinating guests, what he’s learnt after 15 years living in his much-loved, adopted country.
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alcohol forbidden sign

Who can name the worst Finnish booze? Helsinki resident Joel Willans reads from his upcoming book “101 Very Finnish Problems: The Foreigner’s Guide to Surviving Finland”, and spills the beans on annoying Finnish alcohol laws. Ink Tank writer Thomas Nybergh chimes in with his hazy understanding of deterministic, genetic explanations of alcoholism.

Shownotes:

Finnish alcohol related gene mutation

 

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About the show

What’s so weird and wonderful about Finland? British born Joel Willans, creator of Very Finnish Problems, discusses, with a variety of fascinating guests, what he’s learnt after 15 years living in his much-loved, adopted country.

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alcohol forbidden sign

Who can name the worst Finnish booze? Helsinki resident Joel Willans reads from his upcoming book “101 Very Finnish Problems: The Foreigner’s Guide to Surviving Finland”, and spills the beans on annoying Finnish alcohol laws. Ink Tank writer Thomas Nybergh chimes in with his hazy understanding of deterministic, genetic explanations of alcoholism.

Shownotes:

Finnish alcohol related gene mutation

 

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About the show

What’s so weird and wonderful about Finland? British born Joel Willans, creator of Very Finnish Problems, discusses, with a variety of fascinating guests, what he’s learnt after 15 years living in his much-loved, adopted country.

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alcohol forbidden sign

Who can name the worst Finnish booze? Helsinki resident Joel Willans reads from his upcoming book “101 Very Finnish Problems: The Foreigner’s Guide to Surviving Finland”, and spills the beans on annoying Finnish alcohol laws. Ink Tank writer Thomas Nybergh chimes in with his hazy understanding of deterministic, genetic explanations of alcoholism.

Shownotes:

Finnish alcohol related gene mutation

 

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About the show

What’s so weird and wonderful about Finland? British born Joel Willans, creator of Very Finnish Problems, discusses, with a variety of fascinating guests, what he’s learnt after 15 years living in his much-loved, adopted country.

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