Finnish Sauna Culture

Finland is a nation of 5.3 million people and 3.3 million saunas.

To Finnish people, sauna is an important part of their life, very meaningful and holy.

Women give birth in the sauna because the walls of traditional smoke saunas were lined with naturally bacteria-resistant soot, making them the cleanest room in the house. Saunas were also the place for purification rituals before marriage, and the bodies of the dead were washed and prepared for burial on the wooden benches.

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