Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Alreet Pet If You Love a Greggs Visit; When Finn Ida Vaisanen Arrived in Newcastle She Was Sure It Would Be a Home from Home. after All, Finland Is in the North and So Is Newcastle. Finland Is Famously Chilly - So Is Newcastle. Why, They Even Both Have a Metro. Turns out She Was Wrong - and Here Are 10 Reasons Why

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Alreet Pet If You Love a Greggs Visit; When Finn Ida Vaisanen Arrived in Newcastle She Was Sure It Would Be a Home from Home. after All, Finland Is in the North and So Is Newcastle. Finland Is Famously Chilly - So Is Newcastle. Why, They Even Both Have a Metro. Turns out She Was Wrong - and Here Are 10 Reasons Why

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1. Overall chattiness Finns are a notoriously quiet nation, so the amount of chat Geordies generate was definitely a culture shock. I know it happens for the right reasons, genuine interest and friendliness towards your fellow man - still, I was not expecting to learn more about the person I met waiting for the Metro than I know about some members of my close family.

2. Pet names I suppose this comes with being chatty. Pet names are extremely rare in Finnish. The only people to call me by a pet name are my parents - and about every Geordie I have ever met. I know pet names divide people, and any social interaction is strictly against my Nordic heritage, but I love these little everyday endearments.

3. All that pastry One of the first things I learned about Newcastle was that it is the birthplace of Greggs. I should have considered this as forewarning of the amount of flaky goodness to be found on every street corner. And here I was thinking that the only types of pie are apple and blueberry.

4. Trebles Coming from one of the countries with the highest rates of alcohol consumption I appreciate the concept of a treble. Why have a double when you can have more? Newcastle has got it right. One slight tweak, though - why even get a mixer involved in the first place? The definition of dry white wine in Finland is vodka straight out of a bottle.

5. Snow "Dear passengers, we are sorry to announce that services to all directions are cancelled due to what is suspected to be a snowflake on the tracks. We apologise for any inconvenience." The UK and snow are funny together. Snow bothering people calling themselves northern is even funnier.

6. Cold Having said that, there is a fundamental difference between Finns and Geordies when it comes to dealing with cold. When I flew over from Helsinki it was -27 Celsius. …

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