The summer in Finland starts on 1st June.
Most Finns leave their city apartments for the tranquility of the countryside and their summer cottages, which are usually situated by lakes.
Harvest time in Finland comes in August and September.
People catch Baltic herring and flatfish from the sea, hunters shoot wild ducks and elk, and the forest yields its rich crops of edible mushrooms, lingonberries and cranberries.
Today, the sea plays still an important part in the lives of the Helsinki residents.
For example, there is an annual Baltic herring festival every October.
The week-long event, held in and around the Market Square, continues to be a great favourite.
The main course on the Finnish buffet-table is usually roasted meat.
There are also different kinds of meat pots, such as karjalanpaisti, or Karelian stew, which is prepared using different kinds of meats, and simmered for a long time in the oven.
Finnish cuisine reflects the country’s location between east and west.
You can also taste the endless summer days and the long winters in what Finnish cuisine has to offer. This year, as Finland celebrates its 100 years of independence, Finnish cuisine is in the spotlight.
A survey of a Finnish buffet table will give a fair impression of the variety and range of Finnish cuisine.
Although quite similar to the Swedish smörgåsbord, the Finnish buffet has its own traditions, an important part of which is salted fish, including lightly salted whitefish and salmon, along with herring and Baltic herring in different kinds of sauces.
The four seasons and local specialities create a colourful display across the markets of Finland.
In Tampere, for example, they sell hot black sausages, in Finnish (mustamakkara) and lingonberry sauce; in Turku, rusinamakkara, or raisin sausages, while in Pori in the autumn, fresh grilled river lampreys are sold in the market square.
The arrival of Eastertide is a sign that the long winter is coming to its end.
Mämmi, a malt-based pudding served with cream and sugar, is probably the most well-known.
You either love it or hate it as it tends to be an acquired taste.