Fun Facts

Special Dates and Celebrations

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Finnish Swedish Heritage Day

November 6 is Finnish Swedish Heritage Day in Finland, which celebrates Finland’s Swedish-speaking population, its history and culture. Swedish, along with Finnish, is an official language of Finland.

The day was established in 1908 and there is a special flag to recognize Swedish-speaking Finns.

It is also Gustavus Adolphus Day in Sweden. The king was killed at the Battle of Lutzen on November 6, 1632.

Click here for more information about Finnish Swedish Heritage Day.


Blueberry yogurt pie
Blueberry yogurt pie

Finnish Foods

Here is a sampling of Finnish foods that are popular with Finnish-Americans who want to carry on their culinary traditions and stay connected to their heritage. The ingredients and recipes are generally simple, straightforward and fairly healthy.

joulutorttu – Christmas tarts are a light pastry shaped like a pinwheel with a prune or other fruit filling

kahvia – coffee, the beverage of choice for Finns who are the top coffee drinkers in the world

Karelian piirakka – a thin rye pastry filled with creamed rice and topped with egg butter; other filling options include mashed potatoes, salmon or cheese

korvapuusti – cinnamon buns with cardamom

lohikeitto – salmon, leek and potato soup

makkara – sausage, traditionally grilled over an open fire and served after sauna

mustikkapiirakka – blueberry pie

pannukakku – oven baked pancake

pulla – cardamom yeast bread that is usually braided; a must with kahvia (coffee)

riisipuuro – rice pudding

ruisleipä – rye bread