Finnish homes and apartments are equipped with several genius things. What are those? Let’s go find out today!
The sauna doesn’t need any introductions. We have about 5.5 million people in Finland and more than 3 million saunas. This means that most Finnish apartments and homes have their own sauna, which you can use anytime you want. As you probably know, the sauna is meant for relaxation, enjoyment. Naked. But don’t worry, you don’t usually have to go naked in a sauna with the opposite sex.
The basic idea with the sauna is simple.,You turn it on, it takes maybe around 30 to 45 minutes, and boom, you’re good to go. Inside, you take a scoop, put some water in it, throw it on the Kiuas, and the water vaporizes and steam, making the sauna hot. The feeling after the sauna is wonderful, and many health benefits range from better sleep to better sex life.
2. The bidet aka “Pussy Phone”
I didn’t come up with that myself. In Finnish slang, it’s actually called like that in Finnish slang (pillupuhelin), but don’t tell anyone I told you that. 😉 You can find this in any finished bathroom, whether it’s an apartment or restaurant bathroom. There are at least two use cases for the bidet: You can wash your private parts or use it to clean up your bathroom.
3. The Finnish Drying Rack
Maya Gebhard actually invented it 1940s. Although it seems an American lady called Louise R Krause got a patent for this dish drying cabinet in the 1930s.
The rack is handy, especially in homes where there’s no washing machine because instead of wiping and drying them all one, you can just put them in the drying rack and let them dry on their own. You can find this even in the smallest apartments. You can find this even in the smallest apartments. Back in the day, I actually used it as a regular cupboard. I just put the stuff there and then left there, and then I just took them when I had to use them. Cool eh?
4. Thick Windows
We have thick windows and triple glazing by default in Finnish homes because the houses and apartments need to withstand cold temperatures. Finland is a cold country, so we want to make sure that we stay warm indoors.
A quick a funny story. We had a video call when I had a long-distance relationship with my Japanese girlfriend. I was just in my boxers in my apartment. She was dazzled and asked if I wasn’t feeling cold at all. Finnish homes kept me warm. 🙂 In addition, the windows are also soundproof. So they keep the noise from the apartment.
5. Storage compartment + bicycle garage
Nearly every apartment comes with a storage department to store your unnecessary items like extra furniture tools or random shit you don’t need. All you need is the lock. Sometimes the landlord or landlady can even provide you one when you rent their place.
The bicycles have their own storage room, and it’s actually quite useful. They protect you from thefts and also keep them warm during the wintertime. I have to mention that, unfortunately, bicycle thefts are quite common in Finland. So make sure you lock your bicycles properly.
6. Ceiling light fixtures
When you move to a new place in Finland, you take your lamps with you. That means you need to get your own lamps when moving for the first time. Luckily, the ceiling light fixtures are standardized in every apartment, making installing straightforward.
This small hook and a socket where you plug it in, use the hook to suspend the light, and you’re good to go. So in case you’re moving to Finland and you go to your first Finnish apartment, you may react: “Hey, where the hell is my lights?!
7. Abloy locks
Next, I want to talk about the Abloy lock system. Most Finnish homes are equipped with Abloy locks (a Finnish invention btw). The idea, in a nutshell, is that the door will lock itself out automatically when you close it. In addition, doors have a knob system. If you put the knob up, close the door, it will lock. But if you put it down and close the door, it doesn’t lock. Note that the doors (in apartments) don’t have a handle outside nowadays. So it doesn’t matter in which position the knob is. You close the door, and it will lock.
Beware, there’s a chance that you can lock yourself out. Whenever you close the door, make sure that you have your keys with you. Otherwise, you will lock yourself out, and you have to call the maintenance company. That can cost you anything between 20 to 60 Euro.
8. ILOQ Keys
Talking about keys and locks, we also have this ILOQ system in many Finnish apartments. ILOQ is an electrical key system where the locks are powered with electricity. Where the hell do you get electricity then?
The secret lies in the key. When you put the key in and rotate, It generates electrical power to open the lock. In addition, they are completely programmable. The admins can choose which doors that keys lock. So you only need one key for the apartment storage room, bicycle room, garbage department, and so on. Also, the keys cannot be copied, and admins can easily track misuse because every use is logged in their system.
9. Integrated cutting boards
In Finnish kitchens, you don’t find one but two integrated cutting boards that you can use freely for cooking, cutting vegetables, or fruits. Personally, I don’t really use them much myself because they’re a pain in the ass to wash. Instead, we use these regular cutting boards because they’re easy to clean up and put in the washing machine. Feel free to try them out and see if it works for you.
10. Taloyhtiölaajakaista (=housing company broadband)
Many of the flat-apartments blocks in Finland are managed by separate limited liability companies called housing cooperatives (taloyhtiö). The owners of the apartments are actually shareholders of that company. Many housing cooperatives have negotiated a good deal with the local internet companies to provide cheap and fast internet.
It’s common to pay for 100-megabyte internet 10 euros a month. Slower speeds like 10 megabytes, 50 megabytes can be five euros a month or even free.