The Foreign Desk

Christmas in Finland: Santa, saunas and songs

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17 December 2022

Episode 468

30 minutes


Photo: Juho Kuva

In this special Christmas episode, we head to the homeland of Santa Claus to examine some of Finland’s wonderful festive traditions. Andrew Mueller sits down with the country’s former president Tarja Halonen, Mr Claus and Markus Hippi to find out how Finns like to celebrate. Plus: Mueller gets hot and sweaty inside a sauna with Finland’s ambassador to the UK, Jukka Siukosaari.

17 December 2022

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