Becoming Finnish

Book review – The Eye of the Reindeer by Eva Weaver

I have just finished reading The Eye of the Reindeer by Eva Weaver, a novel set in Finland during the early to mid-1900s. It has been one of those books that I have felt I have escaped into, because the... Continue Reading →

My first Vappu in Finland

Hauskaa vappua! Happy May Day/Labour Day! Since I'm so far from Finland and not able to join in the Vappu festivities, I thought I would share some photo memories from my first, and so far only, experience of Vappu. These... Continue Reading →

12 months to go: Finnish guests, Easter & change of plans?!

Happy belated Easter! We were lucky enough to spend this year's Easter with a couple of close relatives from Finland, but sadly they are already packing their bags to leave after 2 weeks with us. Coincidentally, they are leaving on... Continue Reading →

Where in Finland are we moving to?

This is one of the questions I have been asked the most, so I thought I would write a post introducing the city we are planning on moving to: Oulu. Oulu is located on the north-west coast of Finland and... Continue Reading →

13 month update: getting Finnish citizenship for our daughter

I can't believe another month has gone by and it is now less than 13 months until our planned move to Finland. What have we been up to?   Paperwork (of course...) Our marriage certificate and daughter's birth certificate are... Continue Reading →

Something I won’t miss about Australia…

This "little" visitor to our house was a stark reminder of something I definitely won't miss about Australia when we move to Finland... For those who aren't familiar, this is a huntsman spider. Not harmful, but comes in a range... Continue Reading →

Dual citizenship… and pulla!

My very first British passport arrived a couple of weeks ago! Now I'm officially recognised as a dual citizen - how exciting! I have to say, what a simple and efficient service it was. Most of the application was done... Continue Reading →

Why our daughter wants to move to Finland

I thought I would interview our 6-year-old about the things she is most looking forward to about moving to Finland. She is often telling us how she wants to move there right now and can't wait until next year. It makes... Continue Reading →

14 months until the move – what we’re doing now

14 months to go! As I explained in my previous post, I have applied for a British passport so that I can enter Finland as an EU citizen, rather than going though the hassle and expense of a residence permit.... Continue Reading →

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