Finnish Nightmares: A Different Kind of Social Guide to Finland

by Karoliina Korhonen | Humor |
ISBN: 9789523002227 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingTarnawing of Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on 4/19/2017
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6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingTarnawing from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Wednesday, April 19, 2017
9th printrun. Jyväskylä, Finland: Atena 2016/2017. Hardback, about 100 pages.

2016 Lempi Prize

The blurb:

Finnish Nightmares blog
Finnish Nightmares at Atena site
About Matti at Finnish Nightmares blog
Author of Finnish Nightmares comic wins Lempi Prize at YLE News 15.10.2016

Journal Entry 2 by wingTarnawing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Wednesday, April 19, 2017
I chose ’Humor’ as the book category simple because someone else has done it earlier and, well, there really is no alternative. But it is so wrong. There’s no humour in this book, it’s all true. This is us, we all are Mattis, we Finns. Honestly.
Telling the truth, I must add that the blurb owes a lot to Arla, Swedish dairy company. The back cover says, You just might have a tiny Matti living in you. In 1999, Swedish-Danish dairy product producer started a massive ad campaign in Finland. They had a great slogan, Kohta meissä kaikissa asuu pieni lehmä, ‘Soon we’ll all have a tiny cow living in us’. Perhaps this tiny Matti living in you is a humorous reminder of Arla cow we were supposed to have in us?

Journal Entry 3 by wingTarnawing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, December 28, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (12/28/2017 UTC) at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland


Finnish Nightmares was one of the two books I offered this month in greenbadger's One book a month thread. In the draw, it was won by Spatial.
Enjoy and have a happy 2019!

Journal Entry 4 by wingSpatialwing at Arlington, Virginia USA on Tuesday, January 09, 2018
♥♥♥ One of my favorite books I read in 2018. ♥♥♥

Finnish Nightmares arrived today! I couldn't help diving in... and apparently, I have a tiny Matti living in me, too!

In the USA, I'm considered an introvert (a shy introvert) and these comics speak to that side of me. Are most Finns introverts? Or would this be something entirely different?

Thank you, Tarna! And thank you for the homemade bookmark! It's beautiful!

Journal Entry 5 by wingSqnutZipswing at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Sunday, February 18, 2018
A Short and Sweet little book with wonderful illustrations. I was able to read this book today at our February BCinDC meet-up. I can relate to almost all of the social instances of little Matti. I too must have a little Matti living inside of me....maybe I have Finnish roots??? I Need to double check my ancestry. Thanks "Spatial" for sharing this book.

Journal Entry 6 by wingKateKintailwing at Burke, Virginia USA on Sunday, February 18, 2018
Spatial kindly brought this book to the meetup today and let us all read it. Turns out, I must be Finnish. I could relate to so many of Matti's traits, reactions, and emotions. I love the honesty within this book's pages, exposing awkward situations and what some of us think about them.

I especially loved the pages about public transportation. When someone sitting next to me gets up and moves (presumably because an empty set of seats opens up), I always wonder if there's something wrong with me! And if I'm sitting next to someone and seats open up, I feel I MUST stay there or they'll think there's something wrong with them. Once I was stuck on a Metro train sitting next to someone even though the entire rest of the car was empty because I was worried about hurting a stranger's feelings. LOL

This was such a fun read! Also the book was registered on my birthday. It's like I was meant to read it one day!

Journal Entry 7 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Monday, February 19, 2018
So relatable! Not all of the illustrations, because I am not entirely Finnish, but I definitely must have some Finnish blood in me, because the whole thing on public transportation was very much me. Glad to have a chance to read this little book at meet-up and talk to all the other local BookCrossers about how we relate to Matti. Be brave Matti, I feel for you, but will not hug you or make direct eye contact.

Journal Entry 8 by wingSpatialwing at Arlington, Virginia USA on Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Sent as a surprise to another BCer who entered Tarna's giveaway in December!


Journal Entry 9 by HI77 at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Thursday, April 19, 2018
A people that hold cows,

like others hold bus tickets
tucked way inside.

Journal Entry 10 by HI77 at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Sunday, April 28, 2019
This is a funny little book. :)

In part, I found it so funny because of those from Finland saying how accurate it was. I haven't made it to Finland myself though, so I've no personal everyday experience with the culture as a whole.

But if this is pretty accurate, it's a whole country of introverts! lol I'm sure that anyone anywhere can relate to one or two of these, but taken on a whole that is definitely the mentality of an introvert. :)

Very cute stuff though. I like it! ;)

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