Easter celebration in Finland starts on Palm Sunday which is one week before Easter. Children dress up like witches and go door-to-door, asking for treats in return for short rhymes or poems. The little witches carry bunches of twigs decorated with feathers. Finns usually celebrate Easter by going to their cabins on Easter with their family or they may have a bigger gathering with friends or relatives. Finns usually grill, heat the sauna and swim at the lake or the sea when spending time at their cabins.
Finns eat a traditional dessert made from rye flour at Easter. The dessert is called "mämmi," and it contains malted rye. It is sweet, but the unusual taste comes from the malted rye. Most foreigners do not like it because they think it looks weird—but it is delicious! Many Finns eat mämmi with cream, or with milk to balance the flavor.
Coffee was first introduced to Finland by Swedish King Gustav II Adolf around 1611, who brought beans back from his campaign against Russia to entice his troops into fighting harder: "Beans could make one courageous."
This tradition of coffee drinking continued after the Finnish independence from Russia in 1917 and many Finnish people still have a daily cup of coffee at home or at work. The country has the highest number of coffee drinkers per capita in the world and Finns consume on average 4.54 kg (10.0 lb) of coffee annually, making Finland the top coffee-consuming country in the world.
The popularity of coffee in Finland has to do with both the climate and the culture. It's well known that Nordic countries are cold and dark for a major part of the year, which would explain why so many people prefer hot drinks to keep them warm and motivated throughout the long winter months of cold and darkness.
In Finland, Coffee is typically enjoyed black, with sugar, honey, or milk added at will. As a result, there aren’t that many variations of coffee in Finland. A traditional Finnish café isn’t for everyone and the servings can be quite large. If you are planning on visiting Finland, you should expect to pay at least 5 euros for a single coffee.
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