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Tiina: Hey everybody, welcome back to the All About series on FinnishPod101.com. This is lesson 6: Can You Answer These 5 Questions About Finland? I'm Tiina.
Reeta: And I'm Reeta. In this lesson, we have something special…
Tiina: A quiz! Which may have some of you thinking 'oh no~', but don’t worry. This will be a fun one.
Reeta: We’re not going to test out your Finnish skills or anything like that yet.
Tiina: Nope, these questions are all about Finland itself – society, geography, culture… so you can see how much you know about Finland!
Reeta: Yes, because learning Finnish is much more than just learning a language.
Tiina: You learn about people, life, society, all that good stuff.
Reeta: If you pass, you can go on to the next lesson!
Tiina: And if you don’t pass… you can still go on to the next lesson! So, no pressure.
Reeta: So everyone, are you ready?
Tiina: Alright, let’s get started!
Reeta: Ed, you’ll be the one taking the test!
Tiina: Me? Okay, well, I’ll do my best!
Reeta: Okay, so here’s the first question, which is about geography.
How many regions (or maakunta) does Finland have?
A) 25 B) 19 C) 33
Tiina: Okay, I know this one… 19!
Reeta: Correct! Finland has 19 regions! So, do you know which one has the most people?
Tiina: Well, I’m going to guess Helsinki.
Reeta: Close! The region of Uusimaa, which also includes the capital. Now, how about the biggest region in terms of size?
Tiina: Hmm, if it has the most people, maybe Uusimaa is also the biggest.
Reeta: (answer) Well, the answer is Lappi, or Lapland in English, the northernmost province. Guess where Helsinki ranks on the list for population?
Tiina: It must be the biggest!
Reeta: That's right! It’s the biggest city, with a population of about half a million!
Tiina: Oh, that’s still quite small, isn’t it? But I guess compared to Finland’s population of 5.3 million, that is quite a lot in one city.
Reeta: Ok, now let’s move to the next question.
We will give the names of three popular sightseeing places. Please choose the one that is in Helsinki!
A) Turun linna B) Muumimaa C) Temppeliaukion kirkko
Tiina: Does everyone know the answer? Let’s see… Turun linna is located in Turku, the western city that used to be the capital before Helsinki. Turun is a genitive of Turku, and linna means "castle", so actually it means Castle of Turku. Muumimaa is in Naantali, near Turku, and it known as Moominland in English. It sounds like a fun place! So the answer must be Temppeliaukion kirkko!
Reeta: Correct! Temppeliaukion kirkko is in Helsinki. It is a church made of stone and located underground. It’s a beautiful church by the way.
Tiina: That’s right – it’s in Helsinki.
Reeta: Okay, now let’s go on to an economics question. Or rather, a question about money.
What is the national currency of Finland?
Tiina: This one’s easy – it’s the euro, abbreviated as e.
Reeta: Right. And do you know how many euros equal 1 US dollar?
Tiina: Hmm, 1.1 euros per US dollar?
Reeta: At the current rate, it’s about 1 euro per 1.3 US dollar.
Tiina: Ok, I was close!
Reeta: Yeah. Okay, now the next one is a true/false question! This time we are doing to debunk a myth about Finland.
Tiina: Sounds fun!
Finland is in Lapland. True/false.
Tiina: Well, of course this is false. Sorry to disappoint.
Reeta: Yes, it's quite far from the truth. I think the first thing a lot of people imagine when they think of Finland is Lapland and the Northern lights, to the point where they think that they’re synonymous. But Finland is a long country, and actually from the south of Finland or from Helsinki, it's about 1000km to the Northern parts. It’s pretty far away.
Reeta: And it's pretty cold there, and during the winter, days are very short and during the summer it doesn’t get dark at all. That's a pretty big contrast, isn't it?
Tiina: It is – But the area is definitely worth a visit, either during the winter for the Northern lights and ski resorts, or during the summer for hiking and beautiful landscapes.
Reeta: Second of all – and you should know this, Tiina – the Finnish have no terms for “she ” or “he”, which might seem strange at first.
Tiina: Well, first, you will figure out if it’s a she or a he from the context. It won't be that difficult when you are in the situation. But maybe the main reason for this is that Finland is a country where discrimination by sex or by any other means is strictly prohibited, so they seem to think everyone is equal and human in the same way.
Reeta: Wow, that is interesting, isn’t it. And it makes sense, too. But anyway that’s all for our quiz!
Tiina: We hope you had fun and that you learned something! You should try asking your friends and family these questions, and see how they do!
Reeta: That sounds like a fun idea! You can teach other people what you’ve just learned about Finland.
Tiina: And this is just the beginning of all the interesting things about Finland. You'll find out more as you learn the language and experience the culture firsthand.
Reeta: Everyone, come and share any interesting facts you know about Finland in the comments section on FinnishPod101.com!
Tiina: Yes, see you there! Bye everyone!
Reeta: Hei hei!