Hunting is so popular in Finland that it can be seen as part of the country’s cultural heritage. SixDegrees looks into the activity, the reasons behind its popularity, and whether it continues to attract new generations.

IT PROBABLY doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that hunting is a common leisure time activity in Finland. The right conditions are clearly there, with vast wilderness and forests, and culture in which the countryside and nature tend to be appreciated – just look at the many people who regularly disappear to their summer cottages in the wilderness.

After 40-odd years of working for The Man, one would think that it’s about time to put your feet up for some well-deserved rest.

However a recent article in The Telegraph in Britain claimed that one in 20 men over 50 in the UK now counts themselves as part of a new class of the “unretired”. That’s right, no need to shuffle about the house in their jogging pants anymore – these men have had their fill of sleeping in and spending their days casually strolling around the golf course. Having tried retirement they simply decided it was not for them and simply went back to work.

WHILE it has been a phenomenon in other parts of the world for many years, the idea of blogging as a profession is still a relatively new thing here in Finland.

A recent article in Helsingin Sanomat profiled a number of young Finns who have made their mark on the industry, as it were. In fact, so deep is the mark they have carved, that professional bloggers can earn up to 6,000 euros per month.

Along with Finland’s increasing diversity has come an effort to strengthen the influence immigrants have on the direction of society.

Just some 30 years ago, seeing a person of foreign ethnic background in Finland was a rare thing. Since then, an influx of immigrants has made the landscape much more colourful. The rainbow extends from the Russians and Estonians who make up most incomers, to Somalians and Chinese, Thais and Turks, and also Latin Americans, just to name a few. But within these growing numbers, the societal influence remains limited. Thus, organisational efforts are arising to give these groups a stronger voice in a still very Finn-dominated society.

The final part in our series talks about the online offering of sports clubs.

Almost all sports clubs in Finland today have a website and may offer mobile services as well. Using the Internet, clubs and their members can exchange information, maintain contacts and fuel their fervour. Most clubs rely on voluntary effort; an example is the American football club Roosters in Helsinki.