Italians in Finland, between cold and expensive life: "It's fine, apart from the food!"

byVerónica Crocitti

The column "Italians Abroad" is back again in the coldHelsinki, the capital of Finland. Between glimpses and "atypical" times, Carlotta tells us what it's like to live a stone's throw from the North Pole.

CARLOTTA AMADIO.I'm 24 years old and I graduated in Architecture in July 2016. In September I responded to a request for personnel at an architecture studio inHelsinki, I sent all my data and my works and I was selected. So I decided to have a four months experience abroad and on November 5th I flew to Helsinki, my first time in Finland and my first real experience out of town!

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At first I was a little scared, but slowly I got to know the environment and the people and now I feel really good. Finns are peoplevery friendly and helpfulplus everyone from the kid to the old man to the supermarket cashier speaks fluent English so I rarely had any difficulties.

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My experience will end soon, at the end of February, and although I had a good time, I miss Italy a bit: first of all my home and my family and then… the pizza! Let's face it, the Finns don't really know what good food is! Furthermorehere everything is very nice, even if it is normal for them since the salaries are adequate.

Something strange? They have lunch at 11.00 and dinner at 18.00, inconceivable for me! I was also incredulous to see howthey resist the cold: while I go out all muffled up they go around with their light coats open, with their ankles uncovered and often still wearing canvas shoes despite the snow.. What resistance!

In general, however, I am very satisfied with the months I spent here as one of the "Italians in Finland" and with the experience that was offered to me and, even if I return to Italy, Helsinki will always have a place in my heart!

Verónica Crocitti

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