FOR a nation that holds the naked sauna sacrosanct, it seems somewhat contradictory that Finns are never happier than when covered head to toe in clothing. Just as the cities and towns of Finland are warming to bearable temperatures, and being outside in short sleeves is no longer dangerous to your health, so everybody rushes to the forest where they have to cover every inch of their flesh against blood sucking mosquitoes.
There are around 40 species of mosquito in Finland but only three main culprits when it comes to biting humans. And they don’t actually bite – they pierce the skin with a sharp proboscis and suck up the blood, stopping it from clotting with a drop of their saliva. It’s this saliva that causes the skin to swell and itch.