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Reindeers in Finland

Finland is the easternmost Scandinavian country bordering Russia. People have lived in Finland since ancient times surviving in the cold climate and creating a culture all their own. Finland has been its own kingdom throughout much of its history though it was ruled at one point by its neighbor, Sweden.

Finland is one of the smallest of the three major Scandinavian countries. With plenty of lakes and coastline, seafood is an important part of the diet. The area known as Lapland above the Arctic circle is an important part of Finnish culture. Native Sami people herd reindeer here and the meat is enjoyed.

Finnish food is the hearty, “stick-to-your-ribs” kind of food that makes living in the cold climate just a bit easier. The Finnish people enjoy hearty grains like barley and rye and lots of dairy products. Stewing is a favorite cooking method and soups and porridges are favored.

The Finnish, like most Scandinavian people, are wonderful bakers. They have many sweet breads and pastries that take time to make but are full of wonderful spices. The Finnish people also enjoy their local berries. Lingonberries, cloudberries, bilberries and wild strawberries can often be found featured in the local cuisine.

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