Finnish (misplaced) optimism

I admit, I thought our nation was a bunch of terminally pessimistic people with a tendency to always overlook the bright side of things.

But this week has proven me wrong and it was the weather that brought about this change.

Thermal spring has finally arrived. That’s right, the time of year when temperature no longer drops below zero. Thermal spring is an actual term we use because we love our precision and the temperature is a delightfully accurate way of measuring it.

So the whole country is overjoyed now that spring is finally here.

But let’s put this into perspective: currently it’s about 3 degrees outside. During the night it will be about 0 or 1 degrees. Some of the snow has melted but there’s still plenty of it. It will still be months before you can go out without wearing your coat.

Rain, toasty warm 3 degrees and piles of snow still everywhere. What about this doesn't scream spring?

Rain, toasty warm 3 degrees and snow still everywhere. What about this doesn’t scream spring?

Despite all this everyone is exuberant. Spring is here!

Finns, impervious to cold

One thing everybody knows about Finland is that it’s cold. And our tales of -30 degrees and meters of snow don’t obviously help.

Practically t-shirt weather in Finland

But whenever I’m abroad and happen to mention that it’s a bit chilly outside I usually get a mean look. Some Greek (there are always Greek people around me for some reason, stop following me!) person will then say something along the lines of: “You’re from Finland, you’re not allowed to feel cold!”

I have sometimes explained how Finns feel the cold just the same as everyone else but when it’s really cold outside, one tends to wear warmer clothes.

But then I realised nobody really cares and I should just suck it up and never complain about it being too cold.

Just wait until it gets hot – I’ve got 8 month’s worth of weather related complaints bottled up.