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Annual Finland championships

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1. Posted by chayisun (Budding Member 163 posts) 8y

Finland has the annual beer float championship, which began with a few friends sitting in an inflatable boat sipping beer, attracted 1,400 participants this year in rubber boats, inflatable sofas and water scooters -- so many it forced local police to close down the Web site advertising the event, citing security concerns.

Also included is wife-carrying contest which, apparently, is rooted in the legend of Ronkainen the Robber, who in the 19th century tested aspiring gang members by forcing them to lug sacks of grain or live swine over a similar course.

I can imagine the swine would complain less then the women.....

Another notion is that it stems from an even earlier tribal practice of wife-stealing, in honor of which many contestants now take up the challenge with someone else's wife.

I could say something here but I think I'll let it pass....

Another contest that could find its way into the Olympics would be Ant Nest Sitting.

Those hundreds of Finns who vie each year to keep their behinds longest in nests occupied by some 40,000 ants are, it is claimed, actually following an ancient health ritual -- one which keeps all their senses alive....In more ways than one...

Boasting few disciplines in which its athletes excel on the global stage -- Finland ranked 44th in Olympic medals with four -- Finns find victory in finger-wrestling, mosquito-killing or ice golf equally rewarding.

Ya gotta love the Finns.....

2. Posted by dr.pepper (Travel Guru 316 posts) 8y

Now, if they had these sports at the Olympics, I might actually watch the Olympics next time!


3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

A few friends of mine joined the swamp soccer championships a few years ago. Funny indeed!
I bet naked wrestling for women is possible in that same field next to the guys enjoying the swamp soccer

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

You have forgotten one of the highlights of Finnish culture and their competitive spirit... A King and Queen are crowned during the Seinäjoki Festival and the competitions are fierce. Well, as fierce as Finns get, so to speak.