Monday, 2 May 2011

Finland and suicides? You have to be kidding!

On a recent trip to Tampere in Finland, it was pointed out to me that not only do Fins have the highest numbers of suicides in the world but Finland has an extraordinary amount of domestic violence. It is something to do with the long dark winters and high levels of booze consumed. perhaps this is true, but my personal experience was a very positive one. I found them to be charming if a little reserved, hospitable and proud of their nationalality. The Tampere countryside was spectacular squeezed as it is between two huge inland lakes.
Forget the hustle and bustle of Helsinki. Tampere has history (Lenin planned the Russian uprising from there) theatres and some top eateries.
How can you even think of suicide in a such a striking city.