Being a 15 Year Old in Finland By: Jess diehl comp. 9, 5th hour

  • Area: 130,596 square miles in Europe (Finland)
  • Population: 5,487,308 people, from the 2015 official census (Finland)
  • Capital: Helsinki
  • Earned its independence from Sweden in 1917 (finland.org)
  • First piece of Finnish literature was published in the 16th century, before that, everything was written in Swedish

Being 15 in Finland is not ordinary, yet full of opportunity because of their high education rates as well as their close family and social bonds.

One of the challenges of being 15 in Finland might be the fact that when you are ready to start dating, it is most common for them to have traditional courtships.

Dating begins in early teenage years. In true courtships, love or affection is not typically explained through words, but through actions. (Skog)

Being in a traditional courtship teaches the teens how to deal with each other in the right ways. They spend a lot of time together, while still being reserved and making sure that their social bonds with each other are strong.

Something that is really cool that Finnish teenagers are exposed to is the fact that everyone they know can read.

Every Finn can read, in fact, education is very important to the citizens. They have the highest education rates out of every developed country. (Skog)

They have unique opportunities that many other teens around the world do not get to experience. The fact that they are able to learn and have such high quality educations, they are able to apply for a larger variety of jobs within their country, as well as being able to apply for jobs all around the world.

While having a value system that is out of the ordinary for U.s teenagers, it is still very effective in making their teens grow more independent as well as more intelligent.

THROUGH THIS PROCESS, BY MAKING CONNECTIONS, I LEARNED THAT EVEN THOUGH THE UNITED STATES IS A WELL DEVELOPED COUNTRY, BUT IT’S NOT THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WHO VALUES PERSONAL WELL BEING.

While some of our tourist towns or highfalutin neighborhoods may be clean, our cities could learn from the Finns, for they are overall much more organized and cleaner.

Finns are extremely clean, “taking pride in their keeping their homes neat and tidy…” They have a 99% recycling rate as well. (Skog)

In Finland, the fact that they care so much about their environment and how the personal well being of their cities is shows how they are a well developed country. Even though we attempt to keep our country clean and litter free, we do not pull together as a community like Finnish people do. Being a teen in Finland could mean a larger sense of community and mature view of how things should be.

The well being of their mind, bodies, and even cities shows a tremendous amount of understood maturity throughout their country. Being a relatively new country in the grand scheme of things, this shows that they are a true community that cares about everything around them.

“GoFinland.org.” GoFinlandorg, www.gofinland.org/finlandguide/finland-culture/.

“Finland - Politics, Government, and Taxation.” Finland Politics, Government, and Taxation, Information about Politics, Government, and Taxation in Finland, www.nationsencyclopedia.com/economies/Europe/Finland-POLITICS-GOVERNMENT-AND-TAXATION.html.

“Finland.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finland.

Skog, Jason. Teens in Finland. Minneapolis, MN, Compass Point Books, 2008.

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