Every nation has its own identity, culture, and traditions. And every one of them has their own quirks that other people find strange and amusing. It’s what makes this world interesting. Very Finnish Problems is dedicated to celebrating Finnish national and cultural identity in an entertaining way, using memes.
There are also Facebook, Twitter, YouTube accounts, and a website with the same name. You can even find a book written by Joel Willans, the project creator. We have compiled a list of the best memes that speak about “Very Finnish Problems,” and we know you are absolutely going to love them.
But the project is not only about memes. Joel Willans is also running “Working Wonders” series where he talks about pioneering Finnish firms.
"Just like most observational comedy, Very Finnish Problems are usually observations dramatized or exaggerated for comic effect. Normally, they come from things I’ve experienced or conversations I’ve had, which seem more strange to a foreigner than a native Finn.
I’ve now written two best-selling Very Finnish Problems books. 101 Very Finnish Problems: The Foreigner’s Guide to Surviving Finland and More Very Finnish Problems: An Even More Essential Guide, and while doing research for these I got loads of new material for memes and videos. Once I come up with an idea, I either create it myself or if it’s more complicated, our Graphic Designer will work her magic or I’ll work with our filmmaker on a video," Willans concluded.
Very Finnish Problems is a project created by Joel Willans, writer of the Spellbound and Very Finnish Problems books and Creative Director at Ink Tank Media. The VFP book gives fantastic insights into the daily trials and hardships of life in Finland.
The Instagram page revolves around the same issues, except in the form of funny internet memes. And they are hilarious.
They include taking a jab at Finnish personal space, their love of hockey, dislike of small talk, their natural facial expressions and reactions, complicated language, etc.
"I'm the Creative Director at a digital marketing agency, Ink Tank Media, and I bet one of my clients that I could create a Facebook page of 10K fans in a month without spending a penny," Willans shared the origins of Very Finnish Problems.
"The bet was made during Finnish winter, which was typically dark and very, very cold. The pavements were super slippery, and it was taking me ages to walk to work, and I remember thinking how winter is trying to kill me, and what a very Finnish problem that is."
Willans continued: "Then it struck me that it was one of the very many Finnish problems faced by an Englishman in the far north. That was how it all began, and it clearly resonated with lots of people, because I won the bet and got nearly 20K fans in a month."