Celebrate like the Finns in July
Celebrate like the Finns in July

Finland has been named the happiest country in the world and residents of the region can experience this joy of Scandinavian culture at FinnFest.

From July 24-28, it’s time to party like the Finns at DECC. The national festival has been running for 40 years and Duluth is also the host city for several future events.

Justin Juntunen, founder of Cedar + Stone Sauna and board member of FinnFest, said Northland is a great fit.

“Finnish culture is in the water here,” said Juntunen.

In fact, Duluth was once called “Little Helsinki.”

“This place is interestingly similar to today’s Finland,” Juntunen said. “The festival is not just a look back. It’s not just for people with last names like mine that have too many vowels. It really shows that Finland has something to say to the world.”

Finland has been named the happiest country in the world seven years in a row and is also a leader in innovation, sustainability and design, according to Juntunen. Finnish MPs and business leaders will come to the U.S. for FinnFest.

“It’s actually an event for people who are curious about the North,” he said. “They say, ‘Wait, I want to know more about it. I want to be part of it.’ And that ranges from saunas to community to arts and culture to sustainability and so on.”

If you buy your tickets soon, we’ll give away a free trip to Finland.

By Liam