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Quiz about Finnish Culture
Quiz about Finnish Culture

Finnish Culture Trivia Quiz


Finland may be one of the less well known Scandinavian countries but its culture is one of the most interesting. How much do you know about Finland?

A multiple-choice quiz by Joepetz. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Joepetz
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
380,939
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
566
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
Last 3 plays: DlIbk (4/10), Guest 107 (10/10), Guest 45 (10/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. Pulla is a traditional Finnish dessert that can be described as the equivalent to what in English-speaking countries? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. The kantele is a traditional stringed instrument invented and played by which people, who are indigenous to Finland's Arctic region? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Ilkka Remes is a popular Finnish author of which kind of literature? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. One of the most famous (if not the most famous) Finnish athletes of all time is Paavo Nurmi, the Flying Finn, who excelled in which sport? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. In Finland, who would be referred to as Joulupukki? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. During the Finnish Midsummer holiday, called Juhannus, where do many Finns travel to? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Kaija Saariaho and Linda Brava are two modern-day female Finnish musicians of which genre? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Leipajuusto is a special type of which Finnish foodstuff? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Finland's national epic, and one of the most famous works of Finnish literature, is called the "Kalevala". By whom was it compiled in the nineteenth century? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. No quiz on Finnish culture would be complete without mentioning these bathhouses. What is the name of the traditional Finnish bathhouse that may be a luxury to the rest of the world but a necessity in Finland?

Answer: (Starts with S)

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Pulla is a traditional Finnish dessert that can be described as the equivalent to what in English-speaking countries?

Answer: Cinnamon roll

Pulla is very similar to a cinnamon roll as it is prepared in a similar manner and has similar ingredients. Traditionally it is made into a knotted bread loaf and then sliced, but some varieties more closely resemble a traditional cinnamon roll. Pulla usually contains almonds and other nuts and may sometimes have a coffee flavor.
2. The kantele is a traditional stringed instrument invented and played by which people, who are indigenous to Finland's Arctic region?

Answer: Sami

The kantele is a stringed instrument that looks like a small harp turned on its side but it is actually a kind of zither. Kanteles vary in size and number of strings. Large concert kanteles can have over 40 strings while most small ones have about 15. It is said that the Sami people made the first kantele out of a whale jawbone.
3. Ilkka Remes is a popular Finnish author of which kind of literature?

Answer: Thrillers

Ilkka Remes is well known for his thriller novels, of which his first published was called "Paakallokehraaja" or "Death's-head Moth". Remes also writes some young adult books that are also thrillers featuring young adult characters. His real name is Petri Pykala.
4. One of the most famous (if not the most famous) Finnish athletes of all time is Paavo Nurmi, the Flying Finn, who excelled in which sport?

Answer: Long distance running

Paavo Nurmi is known as the Flying Finn, although that nickname is sometimes used to refer to any successful Finnish track athlete. Hannes Kolehmainen was the first person to be called a Flying Finn in 1912. Nurmi won nine Olympic gold medals and three silver between 1920 and 1928 and set numerous world records. During the Paris Games in 1924, he won five gold medals and every race he entered in.
5. In Finland, who would be referred to as Joulupukki?

Answer: Santa Claus

Joulupukki actually translates to "Christmas goat" and has his origins in Norse mythology. However over time, Joulupukki has transformed into Santa Claus and acts much like he does elsewhere in the world. The original Joulupukki was said to be an ugly creature who would go around Finland scaring small children.
6. During the Finnish Midsummer holiday, called Juhannus, where do many Finns travel to?

Answer: Lakeside cottages

During the Juhannus in late June, the sun does not set in certain parts of Finland. Many Finns build large bonfires and tell folk stories during this time. Finns, particularly from large cities like Helsinki, travel to the countryside during this time.

The holiday has its origins in paganism and was dedicated to the god Ukko, but it now honors John the Baptist. The cottages are called mokki and are often located on islands in the lakes and are typically secluded from other mokki.
7. Kaija Saariaho and Linda Brava are two modern-day female Finnish musicians of which genre?

Answer: Classical

Classical music was very popular in 20th and early 21st century Finland compared to most other places. Kaija Saariaho is a composer while Linda Brava is a concert violinist. Both attended the Sibelius Academy, which is named after Jean Sibelius, Finland's most famous composer who died in 1957. Sibelius is credited with helping Finnish nationalism spread during the fight for independence against Russia.
8. Leipajuusto is a special type of which Finnish foodstuff?

Answer: Cheese

Leipajuusto is traditionally made from cow's milk, but most any milk can be used. However, the secret to Leipajuusto is that the milk must come from an animal in its late stages of gestation. This gives it a richer flavor. Leipajuusto is baked into a disk until it is nearly charred on the outside.
9. Finland's national epic, and one of the most famous works of Finnish literature, is called the "Kalevala". By whom was it compiled in the nineteenth century?

Answer: Elias Lonnrot

Elias Lonnrot was something of a Renaissance man. In addition to being a writer, he was also a scientist and physician. The "Kalevala" is a compilation of many different works of Finnish mythology. Much of what we know about Finland's culture can be found in the "Kalevala", though it is unknown how much Lonnrot changed things around as the "Kalevala" was created for political purposes against the Russians.

It was first published in 1835.
10. No quiz on Finnish culture would be complete without mentioning these bathhouses. What is the name of the traditional Finnish bathhouse that may be a luxury to the rest of the world but a necessity in Finland?

Answer: Sauna

It is said that every household in Finland has a sauna. Indeed, surveys found that there were over three million saunas in Finland for about 5 million people. The origins of the sauna are unknown but historians believe it can be traced back to nomadic people because saunas were easy to transport and could be lived in when not heated. For centuries, it was common practice for women in Finland to give birth in a sauna.
Source: Author Joepetz

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