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Sauna, Finland's national pastime

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I love it in between hot and cold <3
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Now you can sweat off the calories of a Whopper while you eat it in Burger King
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Now you can sweat off the calories of a Whopper while you eat it in Burger King
I see a food poisoning problem here. If you have mayo on your burger and get too hot in the sauna, you may get sick.
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I see a food poisoning problem here. If you have mayo on your burger and get too hot in the sauna, you may get sick.
A dream come true! Now I can get a cold drink and salty fries without needing to leave the sauna. Only one problem, I live in the USA.
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A dream come true! Now I can get a cold drink and salty fries without needing to leave the sauna. Only one problem, I live in the USA.
You couldn't sit in there long enough to safely sweat out even one Big Mac.
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This is actually one of the healthiest things you can do - short of the eating at Burger King part... but if you're gonna do that, sauna'ing after is the smart move.
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This is actually one of the healthiest things you can do - short of the eating at Burger King part... but if you're gonna do that, sauna'ing after is the smart move.
Not a bad idea.
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well well well
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The sauna is practically the Finnish national pastime, and the per capita number of steam saunas in the nation is astounding to many visitors from other countries. By some estimates, there are over two million saunas in Finland, with a total population of around five million. Finnish saunas are practically everywhere and are considered by most Finns as a necessity rather than a luxury.

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My new Finnish friends explained that staying at a cottage—called a mökki in Finnish—is basically Finland’s national pastime. Nearly half a million mökki dot the countryside, and that comes to roughly one cottage in the woods for every 10 Finns.

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But be warned, if you're not Finnish or an old hand at this ancient ritual, there are some things you should know before embarking on a sauna expedition.
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Sauna is a major past time in Russia as well. I experienced a tradition of a dinner in the country with lots of vodka, sauna and then a dip in the lake. Yes it was cold but the shift in temperature with all the alcohol is like a detox. It was quite invigorating.
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I wanna try this!
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Wow, these guys are Sauna Mad! I guess it might have something to do with the cold. Some very strange traditions involving the sauna too.
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There's always an opportunity for a sauna in Finland - it's basically the national pastime. How about starting the morning with one here at the +Radisson Blu Seaside while looking out over Helsinki.
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Foreigners might find it strange to strip down and sweat in a hot box, but it's just about daily routine for Finns.
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Finland’s Mobile Sauna Festival is both a celebration of a national pastime and a showcase of peculiar workmanship. View saunas from the 2010 festival, made from a phone booth, a combine harvester and even an amphibious tank!

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However, it being Sauna Day, they had gone for the Full Monty, as it were. There would even be a traditional round of sausages and beer afterwards.
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The most up to date kid on Helsinki's square is the Allas Ocean Pool complex. Opened in September, it sits ideal in the heart of town by Market Square, and has totally changed the substance of the Helsinki harbor territory.
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