Special Dates and Celebrations
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.
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