The reason why we're paler than the Swedes?

Prior to moving abroad I thought there was nothing weird about drinking milk.

It’s only when my sister’s Belgian friends came over and were shocked by her drinking milk with her dinner that I found out that the rest of the world thinks of milk as purely a breakfast beverage.

Finns drink a lot of milk. All the time. It doesn’t matter whether you’re having pancakes or cabbage casserole, milk will be everyone’s first choice of drink.

Our love of milk extends to all kinds of dairy products. One of the first things I always do is go and stand by the dairy aisle and marvel at the wonderful selection of milk, yoghurts, creme fraiches, sour creams etc.

The beauty of all of this is of course that I’m lactose intolerant. But in Finland there’s a massive selection of low-lactose dairy products. Nothing will stop us.

My theory is that milk is one reason why Finns as a nation are so tall and… sturdy.