15.6. 2015 Blogi

The Grump’s holiday blog

"At the time of writing, Midsummer and the holiday season are already so close that it’s no use trying to write anything too deep. And even if I could come up with something like that, hardly anybody would read it."

I couldn’t right away find anybody in our own organisation to write a blog entry before the holiday season, so as the Communications Officer I decided to take the keyboard myself. At the time of writing, Midsummer and the holiday season are already so close that it’s no use trying to write anything too deep. And even if I could come up with something like that, hardly anybody would read it. So I decided to combine working in June with the wait for a holiday. To enliven the text and ease my work I also added a few video links (unfortunately mainly in Finnish) – which almost makes me a vlogger.

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On an average summer, we Finns get to enjoy weather that is quite tolerable to most people of the world, and on warm and sunny summers it is very well suited to human life. On average, of course, we Finns suffer from a heatwave that lasts more than two days. Wish it were cold and we could ski on the shining white show. That’s what we really want to do. But the recent winters in Southern Finland have been mostly dark and wet. On average, the weather never seems to be good enough for us.

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Once the weather finally gets warm, we Finns go to beaches where we can swim. And what comes out of that? The warmer the water, the more Finns drown. Last year the number was higher than average, a total of 152 people. The cold Midsummer saved many Finns from drowning, as the statistics show that only 12 people drowned in June – and only one of them at Midsummer. Then again, some of those saved from drowning at Midsummer only got a few extra weeks to live: when the weather warmed in July, the number of drownings also increased, and the total at the end of the monthstood at 33.

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In addition to cases of drowning, there are statistics for alcohol sales around Midsummer. The biggest sales peak of alcohol takes place at Christmas, but Midsummer comes second. While Christmas is often followed by drink-free January, at Midsummer it’s the other way around and the tap keeps running: June and July are one high season of alcohol sales. Nobody wants to have a July without drinking. One third of the sales of brewery and soft drink industries accumulates from the summer months. Although there are attempts to curb the consumption of beer by limiting the selling times, the volume sold in June is around twice that of January.

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When the Finns have spent time at summer cottage, barbecued and visited relatives whatever the weather, it’s time to switch the shorts just found in the sale for trousers, buy the children a school bag and smartphone of the latest fashion and book a trip to the Canary Islands for the winter. At that point the weather forecast for the late summer seems so unfavourable that this year you may have to wait for the heatwave till the children’s autumn holiday.

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Surely there’s no way not to enjoy summer in Finland. Come rain or shine, there’s light. Even so much that it’s impossible to sleep in the morning when the sun peeks through the curtains already at 4 a.m. But luckily November is only a few months away, and then the hours of light are again limited to the time we spend at work.

Nevertheless I wish everyone a good, relaxing and warm summer!

Riku Näsänen
Communications Officer, Turku Science Park Ltd