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Finland is shutting down for the summer

June 22, 2006
It is that time of the year!  Hundreds of thousands of Finns are preparing for the Midsummer (Juhannus) long weekend and many thousands of them will also start their summer holidays. Basically Finland shuts down for the month of July, because that is when the majority of people take their holidays. You often find many taking holidays in June and also in August – but they are an exception. If you want peace and quiet at work – then come to work in July.
 
Holidays in July in Finland are sort of contrary to what the rest of Europe does. I have heard, for example, that the French, Italians and Brits save their holidays for August. So in a way, European business gets messed up for two months in Finland. If you truly want to begin getting back to business again – then September it is – at least in Finland. I can say that this is when things start to roll in high gear again.
 
August is a time for Finns to start making preparations for the busy fall business season. August is also when many tourists visit Finland. The weather in Finland is great in August, the days are still long and bright and the bugs are not so bad anymore, so it is no wonder foreign visitors come here then. Interested in travelling to Finland? See more here: http://www.visitfinland.com
 
Finland takes over the presidency of the EU on July 1, so actually, the politicians will be in high gear for the remaining six months of the year. No rest for the wicked.
 
Anyhow, Juhannus is a time to kick back and relax and spend time with friends, eat too much, drink too much and get eaten alive by the bugs. Hyvää Juhannusta!
 
Be safe, drink responsibly and arrive alive!
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