The sauna is such a deeply igrained part of the Finnish culture, that finns will even build them in war. Custom dictates no titles or hierarchies are allowed in the sauna, including military ranks in saunas built and used by soldiers.

Finnish sauna

Saunas are an integral part of the way of life in Finland. They are found on the shores of Finland’s numerous lakes, in private apartments, corporate headquarters, at the Parliament House and even at the depth of 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) in Pyhäsalmi Mine. The sauna is an important part of the national identity and those who have the opportunity usually take a sauna at least once a week. The traditional sauna day is Saturday.

Finnish vihta (vasta in Eastern Finland), made of birch. It is used in traditional sauna-bathing for massage and stimulation of the skin.

The sauna tradition is so strong that whenever Finns go abroad, they relish the chance to have a good sauna: even the Finnish Church in Rotherhithe, London, has its own s… Continue Reading (7 minute read)

5 thoughts on “The sauna is such a deeply igrained part of the Finnish culture, that finns will even build them in war. Custom dictates no titles or hierarchies are allowed in the sauna, including military ranks in saunas built and used by soldiers.”

  1. newpua_bie

    Finland also has more saunas than cars! This is despite the country being low density and thus having long distances for which cars are needed.

  2. LSDandMEMES

    Worst part or covid for me has been the lack of hitting my gym’s sauna… Oh yeah and the mind numbing loneliness

  3. FatherKang

    When you homesteaded, you built the sauna first, then the home.

  4. JustinisaDick

    That last sentence means that no titles or honors or ranks are identified in a sauna, correct?

    So if I was a private or civilian, and a general and a prince walked into the same sauna, I would not have to recognize their position?

  5. cmayfi

    How does Finnish sauna culture relate to Russian sauna culture? I studied in Russia near the Ural mountains and was lucky enough to experience 3 different banya’s and am curious how the customs (being nude even with strangers, being slapped with branches, having ice cold water dunked on you after) compare. (I am from USA)

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