How To Marry A Finnish Girl: Everything You Want To Know About Finland, That Finns Wont Tell You

by Phil Schwarzmann | Humor | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 9512090104 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingPiikuwing of Parainen, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on 7/16/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by wingPiikuwing from Parainen, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Thursday, July 16, 2015
I got this book from my cousin Eeva, seems like an interesting read..

Journal Entry 2 by wingPiikuwing at Parainen, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Friday, August 14, 2015
An enetertaining book, I did recognize some of the "facts" Phil wrote about Finns. Next stop Tarna.

Journal Entry 3 by wingTarnawing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Thank you, Piiku! I returned home from a long week-end yesterday evening and found this book waiting for me. I was so happy to find out it's just a small book — but not-so-happy to realize the print is sooo small. Hmm, maybe I'll read this at my parents' place, they've got magnifying glasses lying here and there. Then I saw there was sticker and once more a wonderful & poetic postcard. Those made so glad again. Thanks!
I don't think I'll read this one too soon because I have a long-term release plan for it. That's why I'll mark this book reserved.

Journal Entry 4 by wingTarnawing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Sunday, February 19, 2017
Admittedly, Phil Schwarzmann knows what he's doing. He writes a book about Finnish people and yells, ”Don't let Finns read this book!!” — but, in fact, his target group is Finns. It's pretty smart since we Finns always want to know what non-Finns think about us. There are so many Finnish names and inside jokes non-Finns don't know. I'm Finnish and yet I had to google Markku from Finland and Kimmo Wilska 'cause I really didn't know them. (Well, perhaps I'm not good enough in being Finnish. I had no idea that George Gaynes was born in Helsinki and that I should say he's Finnish. That's what we tend to do when someone has the slightest connection to Finland.)
How to Marry a Finnish Girl is a tongue-in-cheek book about Finns, and it is quite hilarious in part but it also is pretty outdated. For instance, Antti Rinne (the leader of the Social Democratic Party) is the only one who still talks about welfare state. Everyone else seems to have abandoned the idea long ago.
I did like this book even though there were times I was asking, “Really? Where in Finland people do/say so? And where do you come from, America?!” (The last one was when Schwarzmann was talking about Finnish “winter lights”. I mean, really?!) But let's be honest, he often did hit the nail on the head. He does know the Finns.
Thank you for this reading experience, Piiku. It was truly fun.

Finland celebrates the centenary of her independence this year and I've decided to offer a few Finnish/Finland related book in greenbadger's One book a month thread. This witty little book is the first one, my February offer. For time being, it stays reserved.

ETA, on Feb. 26, that this book is now reserved for Haugtussa.

Journal Entry 5 by wingTarnawing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (3/7/2017 UTC) at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland


It's in the mail. I hope you enjoyed skiing and will also enjoy this little book.

Journal Entry 6 by wingHaugtussawing at Stavanger, Rogaland fylke Norway on Friday, March 10, 2017
The book arrived to day, thank you very much for passing it on.

Journal Entry 7 by wingHaugtussawing at Stavanger, Rogaland fylke Norway on Thursday, March 23, 2017
Like the Finnish people Norwegians also love to know what people think about us! Thus I could relate to this book.
Admittedly, my knowledge about Finland is quite limited; skiing, lakes, Jukola, and the Moomins!
This was an enjoyable read, and I have further plans for the book.

Journal Entry 8 by wingHaugtussawing at Knarvik senter in Knarvik, Hordaland fylke Norway on Friday, August 24, 2018

Released 8 mos ago (8/24/2018 UTC) at Knarvik senter in Knarvik, Hordaland fylke Norway


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