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Moving to Finland | What Was I Thinking?

  • Опубліковано 9 лис 2023
  • In September 2023 I moved to a hundred-year old log-framed house set on 5 acres of land in southwest Finland. What made me move there? And how do I feel about the move just two months later? Will this be my forever home?
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  • @jesseh4291
    @jesseh4291 3 місяці тому +2191

    As a Finn, first of all, welcome! The fact that Finns are the happiest country has more to do with security of life, than actual "happiness". We have universal healthcare, free education and a good financial aid for the people who become unemployed. So the happiness comes from security, not "happiness" as people think of it. If you are looking for laughter and smiles, you are more likely to find it in other countries.

    • @user-hr9fc9bp3s
      @user-hr9fc9bp3s 3 місяці тому +79

      Hahahaha nice comment😁👍I met many drunks from Finland in Estonia Jesseh, visiting Taalin for the weekend via the beer ferry...lots of happy and smiley drunks there! 🤣😂🤣😁👍

    • @butterflies655
      @butterflies655 3 місяці тому +152

      ​@@user-hr9fc9bp3sWatch the statistics in the video "Country alcohol consumption comparison."
      The highest alcohol consumption countries in Europe are: The 1st Moldova.The 2nd Lithuania. The 3rd Chechia and the 4th Germany.
      For instance in Europe RUSSIA, Latvia, Estonia, Hungary, Romania, Belarus Poland Portugal, Slovakia Slovenia Andorra, UK, Ireland, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria, Cypros etc. are ahead of Finland.
      Finland's alcohol consumption has dropped drastically in 10 years and is going down all the time.
      Stop those lies!

    • @bugrist
      @bugrist 3 місяці тому +47

      @@butterflies655 I'm swiss and I can say the same, if you are looking for genuine happiness forget about Switzerland. And I say this as a poor but happy person. And the alcohol is a plague here, tabagism too.

    • @CaroleFrenchFox
      @CaroleFrenchFox 3 місяці тому +61

      Wowww, I didn't know this about Finland. I had heard about the Baby boxes that get given to new mothers/mothers to be, with all the basics to get you started etc.... but had no idea about the rest. It's wonderful to hear there are some governments who care for their population.

    • @thomasbarchen
      @thomasbarchen 3 місяці тому +65

      I hear the American dream is alive in Finland. 😮

  • @nuodso
    @nuodso 3 місяці тому +235

    Snow compensates for the lack of light a lot in my opinion. It's so interesting that you'd associate Finland with Lapland, whereas we Finns also think of Lapland as a tourist destination.

    • @Zakru
      @Zakru 3 місяці тому +14

      Big vouch for snow. Even in just starlight, snow brings out many features in your surroundings. Or if you're near a city, light pollution :D (or, well, town, I don't think Finland really has "cities" on a global scale)

    • @wille84fin
      @wille84fin 2 місяці тому +10

      And we who live in Lapland associate southern Finland as a tourist destination. Edit: can't speak for everyone of course, just for the tiny bubble i live in.

    • @realharrykane2063
      @realharrykane2063 2 місяці тому +1

      @@wille84finLapland gets as many tourists as south Finland lol

    • @wille84fin
      @wille84fin 2 місяці тому +1

      @@realharrykane2063 Might be true on Lapland overall.

    • @poweredbymoonlight9869
      @poweredbymoonlight9869 2 місяці тому +4

      The snow reflects light well so on gray days it's still feels more light outside with snow during day than any gray day without snow any part of the year.

  • @mikehall6608
    @mikehall6608 2 місяці тому +165

    I'm a Brit and moved to Finland 5 years ago. Finnish is tough, but not impossible to learn, as long as you put the effort in to study it. At first the words are quite difficult to learn and picking them out from other people's conversations was difficult, but over time it gets easier and you'll start to pick up vocabulary much quicker. The grammar is difficult to negotiate, but again it's basically just a set of rules that you have to learn.
    The hardest thing about Finnish is actually speaking it, that's personally my biggest downfall. To improve speaking it and recalling words and grammar on the fly you need to go out and practise it. You need to think in Finnish, and force yourself to speak Finnish in shops, cafes, and all the various places you go - if you revert to English too readily then learning to speak Finnish will be much slower. You can talk to yourself in your head in Finnish, that's a good way to practise in your day to day life, and that's without the embarrassment of looking foolish when you've forgotten the word for something simple. Also, living out in the sticks, no ones going to hear you if you speak it audibly as well, that would help your muscle memory learn the words/ pronunciations.
    My advice for when you're out and about would be to ditch English, not compare Finnish to English in any way. Instead of thinking of what you would say in English and then wondering how to translate that in your head (believe me you'll be stood there like a lemon with cogs turning in your head and the other person will have switched to English already), you need to come straight out with Finnish words, even if it's completely wrong grammar, or not quite the right word form, try your hardest to get the meaning across somehow, with gestures, or with pictures on your phone (you can search those in English :) ). Just try to make the best of all of those situations, because each one is a learning opportunity - if you go straight in with English, you'll have wasted an opportunity. Memorise what you want to ask/ say beforehand and just go for it :). If you don't understand exactly what has been said back to you, don't worry, just try your best to pick out some of the words you do know - and eventually you'll get used to hearing them being said, so much so that the words you don't know yet stand out even more from the speech, which makes learning them, or asking what they mean even easier :). Quite often, just a few words from the sentence is all you need to get the gist - but be prepared, quite often it's not, that's ok though, failing is all part of learning :).
    My final tip, this was only something small, but had a big impact on my learning, is to learn puhekieli ("spoken language" or spoken Finnish) from the beginning. This is something I didn't do and left it out of my learning for far too long. Also, the courses I took didn't include this very much at all. Basically there's a difference between written Finnish "kirjakieli" and spoken Finnish "puhekieli", they aren't massive differences, and most of the vocab is the same, but a lot of the most common words are shortened. These shortenings make the language easier to speak and less of a mouth-full (quite similar to I'm, they're, how're, in English, but Finnish has more), and also if you don't learn the spoken Finnish versions of words and sentences, you won't have a bloody clue what anyone's saying to you, which is really frustrating (at least that's what I found) - it's much easier following someone's speech if you know the puhekieli. Written Finnish is used most of the time when in writing - exceptions being social media chats, texting, and it being used for effect in literature/ magazines/ marketing etc.
    Anyway, good luck with your first winter - it has come quite early this year, so straight in at the deep end - sounds like you'll have a lot of snow to clear from your driveway etc. It'll be gone in about mid April :).

    • @mikehall6608
      @mikehall6608 2 місяці тому +7

      Or what you could do is live in Swedish speaking Finland and learn Swedish instead. As Angela speaks German, and Swedish is more closely related than Finnish and might be easier to pick up :)

    • @franknada8235
      @franknada8235 2 місяці тому +14

      His theory of Finns learning English "because English is so easy in comparison to Finnish" was hilarious. And obviously wrong. Finnish is very different from Germanic and Latin languages which makes learning more difficult _both ways_ . But Finns are used to Swedish and German so there is that bridge. The biggest reason by far is the combination that English is taught everywhere as it is treated as Lingua Franca of this age, AND TV&movies are so saturated with English, so there's the reasons.

    • @judithcressey1682
      @judithcressey1682 2 місяці тому

      Mossy Bottom in Finland to tell them where they go wrong.

    • @backstagecam5082
      @backstagecam5082 Місяць тому +2

      What a wonderful little essay you wrote! White text on black backgound is hard to my eyes, but I made it! Such a beautiful English lesson with an interesting theme (atleast for a Finn). Thank you, Mike!
      "living out in the sticks" - absolutely hilarious!

    • @cherlgolja5402
      @cherlgolja5402 Місяць тому +2

      Really, write a book 📖

  • @Itslvle
    @Itslvle 3 місяці тому +95

    As a Finn and an MD, some thoughts. Firstly, welcome. Our ability to speak English fairly well is mostly due to our TV-programs not being dubbed but subtitled instead.
    When it comes to being the happiest country in the world, we all get that wry smile because that's not really what the index measures. It's rather a being-content or more accurately have-the-least-societal-problems index. Happy is not something we would ascribe ourselves. Being grumpy, keeping our social distance and wallowing in the darkness of Autumn while not having an absolutely corrupt ultra-capitalistic society, now that we can all agree on. But happy, get outta here!
    Being a GP in the general vicinity of Turku, I can at least say that your wife will have less of a dismal pay and working conditions compared to the UK, though I have no idea how Ireland fares. And there's much less useless hierarchy as well.
    And a useful thing to note, we don't really understand the American concept of "Hello how are you?". We might answer "Well since you asked, my wife just died". If you hate useless small talk that serves no actual purpose, you'll probably feel quite at home. Though this has the flip side of making connections with people more difficult as we're not all about that "Hey how's it going let's go to a party haha I don't know or like you but here we are".
    Hope you folks fare well here. Like any place, nothing is perfect, but at least the systemic problems are quite lessened here, hence the "happiest" nation.

  • @goingfinn
    @goingfinn 3 місяці тому +66

    Welcome to Finland! As an Englishman who moved to Finland 16 years ago, I can say that despite challenges along the way, it was a good decision. I've made some very good friends here and have enjoyed the Finnish culture. Spent most of my time in Turku and found people there to be friendly and welcoming. Now enjoying a more country life in an older house with a bit of land around it. Long dark winters take a bit of getting used to but the summers are great. Best of luck!

  • @pluggedfinn-bj3hn
    @pluggedfinn-bj3hn 3 місяці тому +143

    Hello, and welcome to Finland!
    I'd like to say that no, we don't see English as an "easy" language to learn compared to Finnish, as we've learnt Finnish as babies. Our good English is more thanks our education system combined with the fact that our small country doesn't produce as much entertainment, so we start watching TV shows etc. in English with subtitles pretty much as soon as we can read. On top of now with internet we interact in English with other people all the time.
    English has many things Finns are not familiar with. Articles, irregular verbs (Finnish has only a few), gendered pronouns, the randomness of how to pronounce/spell a word... But we simply see it as a necessity to communicate with everyone outside Finland and to consume entertainment be it on UA-cam, movies or TV/Netflix that we learn it through the exposure.

    • @juhakotimaa
      @juhakotimaa 3 місяці тому +26

      And Finland has been at the forefront of digitaliztion and internetization of the society since the 90s. Look at pretty any platform on the internet where you have young people, and there is always an overrepresentation of Finns. But yes, media consumption plays a huge role.

    • @olgapetrova6415
      @olgapetrova6415 3 місяці тому +5

      As a person, who learned English as a foreign language up to level C1 and is learning Finnish now for several months, I can say that Finnish language is way more harder to learn. Not sure that I will ever know it as good as I know English...

    • @pluggedfinn-bj3hn
      @pluggedfinn-bj3hn 3 місяці тому +8

      @@olgapetrova6415 Can I ask what is your native language? As you probably know, a big reason for Finnish being so hard to learn is because it's from another language family from most other languages. So yeah, it'll take a lot of work to learn it as an adult, but it's mostly because you need to twist your mind to understand how some things work. There's also significant difference between formal and casual Finnish which makes a bit tough for new speakers from what I've heard.

    • @olgapetrova6415
      @olgapetrova6415 3 місяці тому +11

      @@pluggedfinn-bj3hn My native language is Russian. It also has cases, as Finnish (I think they called 'sijat'), so it's also very difficult to learn, as they say. Of course, as you said, people learn their native language in a very natural way as babies. I learned a little bit of Norvegian, it is also quite simple, comparing to non-Roman languages. Sijat in Finnish just frighten me, it 100% percent not enough to know the words, you need to understand all the sijat and remember all the exclusions. My mother language is Mari, its small nationality in Russia, the Mari language is of Finno-Ugric languages, but I can't speak it, only understand very little. Maybe knowing it could help me with learning Finnish.

    • @pluggedfinn-bj3hn
      @pluggedfinn-bj3hn 3 місяці тому +4

      @@olgapetrova6415 Yeah, cases are hard, but you getting them wrong won't necessarily cause any misunderstanding in most situations. There are some fun examples of them changing the meaning significantly, but from the context most people will understand what you meant. Getting to actively speak the language and slowly learn through that is also important, can say that for me I never managed to learn swedish despite it being mandatory here because I never used it anywhere but in classroom.

  • @SB-mm9zh
    @SB-mm9zh 3 місяці тому +377

    Hi Daniel, Irish introvert here. I think you did the right thing.and can fully understand why you moved. Wishing you, Angela and your daughter a wonderful life in Finland.

    • @bekabeka71
      @bekabeka71 3 місяці тому +5

      And why you think he moved?

    • @Gollumfili
      @Gollumfili 3 місяці тому +10

      The house prices are ridiculous.

    • @SB-mm9zh
      @SB-mm9zh 3 місяці тому +1

      I think he explained why he moved didn't he?!@@bekabeka71

    • @drts6955
      @drts6955 3 місяці тому +4

      @@Gollumfili did he not have a house?

    • @dechannigan2980
      @dechannigan2980 3 місяці тому +5

      Electricity prices

  • @brooksstudiosgarden1615
    @brooksstudiosgarden1615 2 місяці тому +18

    I did in fact start watching your videos because of my love for Ireland and dogs. Moss’s passing was heartbreaking and then your move away from Ireland made me even more sad but I’m excited about your new home and land. Living in the caravan for so long must have been hard and now you have a whole house, 5 acres of land and a family! I’m very happy for you and can’t wait for new videos. I’m also hoping to move to Ireland in 2024 (fingers crossed) & one of my plans is to start a small flower farm. Thanks for all the inspiration! Here’s to lots of new beginnings in 2024! 🎉

  • @Perlenbraut
    @Perlenbraut 2 місяці тому +12

    Hi Daniel!
    Welcome to Finland! I emigrated with my husband and our 3 (almost grown up) children from Germany to Finland last year. Since summer 2022 we have been living in North Karelia on a 6-hectare farm with forest and are also building a self-sufficient life here.
    We have now had our first summer of vegetable growing and it was a good year for the first time. But it will still be a long process until we can provide ourselves with fruit and vegetables throughout the winter - it's definitely a big difference to Germany when the growing season here is so short! But we are adapting better and better and by 2024 I will have gained some experience and hope to be able to implement some things even better. I'm excited to see what the coming gardening year will be like and wish you all the best and every success with your projects! Bye, Conni

  • @stevewilson6390
    @stevewilson6390 3 місяці тому +60

    Never been to Finland but I've met Finnish people on holiday and I must say the Finns are such nice people, Educated,approachable and welcoming.
    I remember my wife, son and I talking to a couple and their children in a restaurant I asked where in the UK they lived because I couldn't detect an accent, they spoke such perfect English. We are Finnish and we've never been to England was the reply, so so impressed.

    • @arcabuz
      @arcabuz 3 місяці тому +4

      Approachable?, you’re joking right?, you have no idea.

    • @EerikRed
      @EerikRed 3 місяці тому +9

      ​@@arcabuzOkey Hater..😂

    • @EerikRed
      @EerikRed 3 місяці тому +3

      @@arcabuz And you came here
      just to tell that 🤣 I pity you dude.. I give you a free advice, try to find something what makes you happy, it's not worth it to live in such a agony.

    • @EerikRed
      @EerikRed 3 місяці тому +1

      @@arcabuz Maybe internet ain't just for you buddy, dude is gonna get a real mental breakdown when
      He meets a real troll..😂

    • @arcabuz
      @arcabuz 3 місяці тому +1

      @@EerikRed it was a pleasure, Erik Norman

  • @PorkySubstrate
    @PorkySubstrate 3 місяці тому +7

    I did this also. There is a lot to learn about how those houses are built as the construction is completely different from a typical Irish or British brick house. If the house is wood all the way through, be mindful of any attempts that have been made to modernise it in the past. Remove plastic flooring (get the glue tested for asbestos), don't use latex paint, and make sure you have good guttering and drainage. If your soil is clay, it can freeze for months and expand and displace your building. The house needs to breathe and the ground beneath it stays dry. It's nice to see someone at the beginning of their journey. Good luck!

  • @abigailjacob4043
    @abigailjacob4043 3 місяці тому +14

    I just looked up the growing zones in Finland and discovered the southern coast of Finland is considered primarily 6a, with small pockets of 6b. I live in Kentucky in the continental US and live in a zone 6b myself for gardening. It's pretty amazing what being closer to the coast will do in terms of keeping your climate a bit milder. Best of luck on your new homestead!

    • @franziskani
      @franziskani 28 днів тому

      My understanding is that the U.S. growing zones differentiate according to the lowest temperatures in winter. Which of course will have effects on perrenials and trees - surviving winters in the long run. So his growing conditions will be different. Late start and then highly intense. There are videos online of people homesteading (kinda) in Alaska, they need to have greenhauses. Many winter vegetables fare well till - 10 degree Celsius (if it is not too windy, in that state the plants like kale or even salads are more delicate. When they have thawed they are fresh again, not mushy and can be eaten.
      But below - 10 to -15 degrees (in the greenhouse, mind you) it gets difficult.
      I know of one Permaculture youtuber in Canada (Verge Permaculture) that had a rocket mass heater in the greenhouse (that was built close to the house, so one wall was warmer). They have now moved on to a larger property (in Alberta) and they have a design with geothermal heat (heat battery) and he has plenty of content on passive solar greenhouse. That kind of setup can make it work in the regions with harsh, long and dark winters.

  • @sket179
    @sket179 3 місяці тому +534

    It's not about happiness, the researchers are just reluctant on changing the title to something less marketable. It's actually measuring contentment. We are content of our safety nets, appreciation of children, enough money though no riches, healthy food, right to roam etc.

    • @teppo9585
      @teppo9585 3 місяці тому +1

      Appreciation of children you say? Weren´t children in schools prompted to wear those idiotic masks for no reason just recently? And take those harmful jabs? And safety nets? Hmmm I don´t think you´ve had to rely on those safety nets yourself to have that opinion. Yeah I think you live in Lala land.

    • @sket179
      @sket179 3 місяці тому +14

      Friends? Sure. Just need to get acquainted with your neighbours and be kind to them, and find your niche/passion and meet people there. Or work or school.

    • @GorGob
      @GorGob 3 місяці тому +25

      @@mariebussinger6565 This is like japan people keep to themselves and family.

    • @clarereynolds9607
      @clarereynolds9607 3 місяці тому +3

      Sounds wonderful !

      @SIERRATREES 3 місяці тому

      Yes to that @@clarereynolds9607

  • @SatumainenOlento
    @SatumainenOlento 3 місяці тому +60

    I am a Finn living in Ireland. This is awesome content for me for so many reasons! 😅
    For last 16 years I have been telling to all my friends in Ireland that they should just get an upgrade in life security and move to Finland 😅 But then...I am quite a hypocrite as I still plan to live in Ireland 😅
    You will be fine with the cold in winter if you have lived in Ireland. Humidity makes such a difference and my experience is that Ireland is much colder country than southern Finland! 🙃
    You just need to chop chop chop wood like a crazy person now!!! Or buy it! You will be burning much more than you realise.
    Also, the snow work will be quite a big job soon. You need to open the road to a mainroad so Angela can go to do her studies. But neighbours might be helping you out there.
    (There is machines for chopping wood and blowing the snow.)

    • @SatumainenOlento
      @SatumainenOlento 3 місяці тому +1

      Actually...living 2km from the coast...I doubt that you will see much snow 😁 But it can still go down to -30 C for some weeks in January/February. But you will be fine. Surprising fine! 🥰❤

    • @joniharkonen1460
      @joniharkonen1460 2 місяці тому +1

      the choppin the wood is axe.

    • @lanternlanguages-ielts4158
      @lanternlanguages-ielts4158 Місяць тому +2

      Finland is an excellent choice for Irish struggling with the cost of living crisis.

    • @brianc939
      @brianc939 Місяць тому

      Will people just live fuking life. All this bullshit about living off land etc. Idiots

  • @llightshope8283
    @llightshope8283 3 місяці тому +8

    Congratulations on your daughter and new homestead! Finland is an intriguing choice, and we appreciate all the rationale behind the decision. Looking forward to the adventure!

  • @logarithmic7
    @logarithmic7 3 місяці тому +50

    I'm a western Canadian and Finland would have been my first choice!!! Smart move, I"m sure you will have a very happy life there. Congratulations and best wishes to you and your family.

    • @johnnyboy7534
      @johnnyboy7534 3 місяці тому +5

      I’m Finnish and I must say that I adore British Columbia.

    • @Olematonnimi
      @Olematonnimi 3 місяці тому +1

      People need to not import their political opinions here.

    • @solared
      @solared 2 місяці тому +2

      @@Olematonnimipolitics is a major factor in deciding where you want to live.

  • @jennawh
    @jennawh 3 місяці тому +7

    Welcome to Finland! 💙 This is the first video of yours I have ever seen and I gotta say I thoroughly enjoyed it!! Your journey sounds magical and I am happy it has brought you to Finland, I truly hope you and your family will be happy here! I believe you are going to find yourself with a lot more Finnish viewers soon enough when people start to find your channel! I really enjoyed hearing the whole process of reasoning on behalf of your family on why you decided to move to Finland of all places, I am glad you all found Finland to be a good place for your family, can't wait to hear more about this journey! Ps. It really was a great idea to film this video fully outside showing the beautiful Finnish scenery around you!

  • @kateduggleby6161
    @kateduggleby6161 3 місяці тому +11

    Congratulations on becoming a Father Daniel, and it’s good to see what you are doing and that all is going ok for you. You certainly seem to be embracing your new situation. Wishing you and your family all the very best, and we look forward to watching your projects unfold, as we did in Ireland….❤

  • @kathryntourunen5469
    @kathryntourunen5469 3 місяці тому +333

    Hey, Daniel, Angela and Juno ! Myself and my husband have been following your channel for a few years now and it was such a surprise to see you’ve moved to Finland ! We actually live in Kuopio , Eastern Finland so you’re kind of our ‘neighbor’ now - welcome to Suomi ! I’m British and my husband is Finnish and if you need help with anything please let us know … my husband has built/renovated many houses and is very happy to help or give you advice if you need , especially with heating systems and Finnish building standards.

    • @lesleyharris525
      @lesleyharris525 3 місяці тому +18

      That's very kind of you, ❤

    • @juliahaynie764
      @juliahaynie764 3 місяці тому +8

      Such a generous offer! I hope they take you up on it!

    • @webcore2
      @webcore2 3 місяці тому +4

      Best wishes to you Daniel, Angela, Juno and farewell old friend Moss.
      Since my heart surgery in 2020 I have been following your channel and others relating to self-sufficient lifestyles, and recently been wondering what had happened to you.
      Meantime, my wife and I have relocated - not to a remote location or to another country, but to suburban Surbiton and following the 1970s TV dream of Tom and Barbara. Not quite the extremes of your chosen lifestyle, but we shall continue to explore self-sufficiency in all forms. We are retired architect and garden designer with house and garden as our project for life. It will be interesting to compare how we adapt to our different environments.

  • @seaweedandeatit
    @seaweedandeatit 3 місяці тому +8

    Mossy Bottom - Welcome to Finland. I lived and worker in the North for 6 months in Health care. I LOVED EVERY minute of my stay. The Finnish folk are fantastic. I envy you masses and wish I could go back and live there. Enjoy your time, your life, the folk you meet there, everything about Finland, it may take a wee while to understand them but they are very accepting. I could go on because they are great folk in every way. Enjoy :)

  • @paulinescully9646
    @paulinescully9646 3 місяці тому +6

    WOW! Great to hear you have a daughter! Wishing You, Angela and Juno a very happy and blessed future together in Finland.
    Thank you for welcoming us into your world! 😊

  • @fionamurphy3651
    @fionamurphy3651 3 місяці тому +6

    Well done Daniel, Delighted to see you back on screen. You are living my dream - love the idea of Finland, have visited, been around Turku and thought what a lovely place to live. Watched your life in Sligo - only across the country from where I am. If it weren't for family and my advancing years I would be following in your footsteps. Best of Irish luck in your new home and congratulations on your wonderful news. Looking forward so much to watching your new life unfold in Finland.

  • @kielomariamaja1037
    @kielomariamaja1037 2 місяці тому +7

    Welcome to Finland! I am a fellow yellow house owner from Tuusula, Southern Finland, though my house is newer than yours (from 1955). I am so happy you have found out so many of our most common interests. Yes, we Finns love gardening, picking berries and gathering mushrooms!
    I used to study agricultural plant biology in The University of Helsinki and I love growing my own food and making preserves. Black and red currants are traditional for Finnish gardens just like gooseberries and several cultivars of apples. Also, plums and cherries grow well. Several of my friends have sheep and chicken - and personally, I dream of getting bees. Hot black currant juice with honey is the Finnish cure-all when you get a cold.
    I hope you have already tasted pulla and that someone has invited you over for lettu celebration with strawberry jam and whipped cream.

  • @sandrakeighron2585
    @sandrakeighron2585 3 місяці тому +4

    Congratulations we are so happy for you both. I remember finding your channel when we were living in the UK waiting to move to Ireland where we have been here for 5 years. You looked so tired and ill and we watch you over the years looking well and happy. So pleased for you. Can’t wait to see your videos. Take care xx

  • @Mystaries
    @Mystaries 3 місяці тому +252

    How wonderful Daniel. Becoming a father. Congratulations to you & Angela. Brought a tear I must say.
    Finland is such a beautiful country. My son worked there for a few years. Introvert & snow lover here. The feeling of being surrounded by trees & snow was so special when I visited.
    Looking forward to following your new adventure into fatherhood & Moominland. Very happy for you🙏❤️

    • @carolynellis2149
      @carolynellis2149 3 місяці тому +20

      I was only wondering yesterday, yes literally yesterday, what you were up to and how you all were
      How lovely to see you and know you're settling down to a completely different way of life.
      So many congratulations on this amazing journey with a wonderful daughter Juno and this is your new life.
      I'm sure you will be toasty warm in no time at all, given your creativity all will be well
      Much love ❤️ thanks for your update Daniel Angela Juno

  • @lmeadow52
    @lmeadow52 Місяць тому +5

    Congratulations to you and Angela on the birth of your daughter. It's been a while since I've watched your channel, and you've made a lot of big changes. Finland is definitely a change of pace for you. I'm sure you'll do well after all you've learned at Mossy Bottom. I am from Northeastern Ontario in Canada, so living in the cold half the year is just life for me. You'll get used to it quickly, lol. I look forward to seeing how you come along with your new life.

  • @iamhasrizal
    @iamhasrizal 3 місяці тому +9

    I was in the North Ostrobothnian region in Finland for four years and relocated to Ireland in 2020. Both have pros and cons. I hope Ireland solves the property crisis currently haunting everyone here. For being in Finland as an individual like yourself, Penti Linkola's book, "Can Life Prevail?" might be within your interest, which I recommend. I wish you all the best and achieve contentment in life.

  • @izziebee2957
    @izziebee2957 3 місяці тому +5

    I moved to Finland from the UK over three years ago, living in central Helsinki so my surroundings are a little different to yours! But I love this country and I hope that you and your family will love it too ❤

  • @federtm2
    @federtm2 3 місяці тому +5

    I moved to Finland from Spain and I love it too. Just subscribed, looking forward to more videos :)

  • @elenedube8928
    @elenedube8928 Місяць тому +2

    I’m from Canada up north in the Sudbury region I know what -26, -40 feels like, we’ve been contemplating moving for a long time I love your enthusiasm and you inspire me to make changes. Looking forward to watching your future videos and seeing the progress on your beautiful land.

  • @kelkantupa8199
    @kelkantupa8199 3 місяці тому +374

    Welcome to Finland! 🇫🇮 As a fellow old loghouse renovator, please consider not to change old windows, but to restore them. In Turku you can find knowledge of old loghouses from Rakennusperinteen Ystävät and in Parainen from Curatio (Curatio has some very good UA-cam-videos, but not sure if they can be translated in english). Old loghouse is a treasure, you just need to know how to keep it breathing. 🤩

    • @ByHisGrace-
      @ByHisGrace- 3 місяці тому +24

      Such great advice 😊

    • @v_hovila
      @v_hovila 3 місяці тому +31

      Ryhmä Perinnerakentajat on hyvä. You can also use water soluable glue paper on top of the gaps between window and it's frame. It stops the draft. See liimapaperi.

    • @hubertinepankhurst1161
      @hubertinepankhurst1161 3 місяці тому +3

      You can another window like done in Canada, to preserve outside original window and have maximal insulation, like done in Canada.

    • @jessenic
      @jessenic 3 місяці тому +29

      A common mistake is to replace the windows and not make any new air intakes. The old drafty windows have been a natural air intake and that has kept the air quality good, when you replace them with tightly sealed windows the air inside might not be flowing enough.

      @MADBATTERY 3 місяці тому +6

      Seconded, Im renovating an old homestead on the west coast of Finland. Renovate those windows! If you have any questions I'm more than willing to help you in any way I can. Welcome to Finland! 🎉

  • @KeloOutdoors
    @KeloOutdoors 2 місяці тому +4

    Welcome to Finland mate! Your place looks lovely 😍 Hope you've settled comfortably. All the best for your family and your new adventure here in Finland ✌️

  • @Starlingus
    @Starlingus 3 місяці тому +2

    Welcome here! This world(and Finland too) really needs more ur kinda ppl. Looking forward ur videos in the future, keep warm and safe!

  • @Gudregerar7
    @Gudregerar7 3 місяці тому +2

    I’ m swedish! So the climate is similar. We got our first snow today, live in the south. Love your accent, so nice to listen to! And a native forest!!! What a treasure!! Hardly any native forests left here in Sweden. Wish you and your family all the best!! May God bless you! 🙏

  • @edwardlarkin4279
    @edwardlarkin4279 Місяць тому +2

    Thankyou. Sibelius is why I love Finland and its beautiful forests and lakes. And it's people would be wonderful to be with. Sunny Finland.

  • @RichieRouge206
    @RichieRouge206 3 місяці тому +4

    I have been good friends with a lad who lives in Kuopio, Finland for a long time. He is a lovely chap and I have always had a good impression and insight to life up there, and I’ve long been a fan of Swedish culture and style. After watching this I could quite happily pack up my Volvo and move up there away from this island which is crumbling at a great rate. I am looking forward to seeing your new life unfold very much indeed.

  • @katharinawinter3788
    @katharinawinter3788 3 місяці тому +289

    Since I visited Finland in 1978 and 1980 I am in love with this country. Don't let yourselves get scared by the language. It's hard, but not as hard as people make believe. And as you already found out a lot of Finns know English and German and are friendly enough to speak it.

    • @LegendNinja41
      @LegendNinja41 3 місяці тому +3

      how many Finns know German (at a basic level) if you would have to guess?

    • @richardbas2948
      @richardbas2948 3 місяці тому +2

      ​@@LegendNinja41Keep it a bit positive! Don't put well willing people down! I'm sure you're not perfect yourself!

    • @lesleysmith8300
      @lesleysmith8300 3 місяці тому +3

      Lovely to see the change. I was totally surprised but pleased for you and your family. Looking forward to seeing what you do there. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • @keepcreationprocess
      @keepcreationprocess 3 місяці тому

      ​​@@soffsoff6574I really admire Finnish --- and I must say and admitI hate and looking down 👎 on all the other nationalities --- I can prove this. I don t say this lightly......I don t say it lightly when I mean I DISRESPECT you. I have evidence.

    • @LegendNinja41
      @LegendNinja41 3 місяці тому +6

      @@richardbas2948 wasn't meant in a negative light, i'm german and surprised to read that a lot of Finns know german.

  • @KristinaKittyVamphog
    @KristinaKittyVamphog 3 місяці тому +5

    I love listening to stories of people moving to Finland it makes me so proud to be Finnish
    I've always loved this kind of a house type with the cottage vibe those where to good times for me and I'am kinda excited for you two

  • @shanefloyd6427
    @shanefloyd6427 3 місяці тому +3

    Congratulations Daniel, I wish you both the very best. Great to see you again on you tube. We all look forward to your videos again 😊

  • @johanna7502
    @johanna7502 3 місяці тому +6

    Hi Daniel and welcome to Finland! Your new home looks very much like the little farmhouse where my grandmother grew up in with her eight siblings in Eastern Finland. I myself started vegetable gardening only a few years ago when I rented an allotment. I´ve been mostly focusing on improving the clay soil but I´ve already had a few good harvests of broad beans, garlic, potatoes, radishes and leeks. It will be very interesting to follow your journey and I very much look forward to hearing what kind of differences you notice in growing vegetables in Ireland vs Finland.

  • @you-vi2tm
    @you-vi2tm 3 місяці тому +4

    Welcome to Finland!

  • @EilaGomez
    @EilaGomez 3 місяці тому +21

    Welcome to Finland - greetings from another one with almost 100 yo house surrounded by natural forests and a drive towards self sufficiency as much as possible. The lightless months of the year are the worst in life here, even for us natives. We can only cherish the idea it is ”only” about 5 wks until Winter solstice and at least the daylight hours won’t get any shorter!🙂

  • @EmmiIgnatius
    @EmmiIgnatius 3 місяці тому +285

    A heartfelt welcome to Finland, Mossy! 🇫🇮 Despite us Finns being introverted and respectful of one's privacy, we are generally trustworthy, welcoming and willing to lend a hand. I live on the southwestern border of Satakunta region, at appr. 70 minutes' car ride distance from Turku, myself! I'd love to give you, Angela and baby Juno a walking tour around Old Rauma, a Unesco World Heritage site, if you wish to visit Rauma some future time! Excitedly looking forward to hearing from your next projects!

    • @v_hovila
      @v_hovila 3 місяці тому +16

      Good idea! Old Rauma is very beautiful!

    • @lovemotherearth3805
      @lovemotherearth3805 3 місяці тому +25

      What a beautiful welcome 🙏 to a new family 😊hope to see the video of the visit ❤

    • @CaptainZG
      @CaptainZG 3 місяці тому +17

      I worked with people/companies from Finland and visited many times. Love it! Rauma, Savonlina, Turku, Helsinki etc....all those cities and regions and generally all countryside is just beautiful. Coming from Canada I was not at all bothered by short winter days and/or snow....who knows I might move there one day as well...if they let me 😊

    • @judyengle7728
      @judyengle7728 3 місяці тому +2

      Good video

    • @mariebussinger6565
      @mariebussinger6565 3 місяці тому +7

      Respect of privacy says it all. Not enough of it in some places.

  • @TrotFoxGreyfoot
    @TrotFoxGreyfoot 3 місяці тому +3

    I just came across your channel as another family man who recently moved to Finland. Me and mine moved to Kirkkonummi in July from Texas! I feel like it's only in the last few weeks that I've finally given up the last of the Texas heat I'd been storing up as it's finally cool enough to wear more than short sleeves and a jacket. We're looking forward to the winter experience, at least for one year, as we were never hot-weather people either regardless of the oportunities that kept us in the south of the US (she's from New Jersey, I'm from Tennessee.)
    It will be interesting to watch as you go through the same learning experiences we do, with the slight benefit of having already lived on this side of the pond. ;)

  • @midgeporter7495
    @midgeporter7495 3 місяці тому +3

    So happy and excited for you. Looking forward to seeing your new home and plans. Congratulations on becoming a parent too. Sending all the best from an overcast SW Scotland :)

  • @jennyfulcher8035
    @jennyfulcher8035 3 місяці тому +4

    How exciting to start a new chapter of your life in Finland! Glimpsing your new yellow house situated in a woodsy property by the sea is enchanting. Frosty-Mossy Bottom is an apt name and a great place to raise your family. 🏘🌲🌳🌿❄

  • @ruskakuu999
    @ruskakuu999 2 місяці тому +1

    I found your channel just now, and a warm (or should I say chilly) welcome to Finland! Love to see my home country described by someones perspective who moves here from somewhere else, and not just in the context of tourism. Definitely subscribed!🥰

  • @thizizliz
    @thizizliz 3 місяці тому +3

    WOW!! So much happening! First, CONGRATULATIONS!! Graduation, baby, big more, an incredible opportunity to learn new farming style. I'm so excited for you and look forward to sharing your projects. Just think, your daughter will have the opportunity to learn at least one additional language. She will grow up learning about the culture of many different people. I'm so excited for you. Side note: California (where I live) is 1220km from north to south and indeed, there are many changes in climate based on longitude as well as elevation, access to the sea and more. You've got loads of exploring to do on holidays.

  • @idakarikoski
    @idakarikoski 3 місяці тому +88

    Welcome to Finland! Tervetuloa ❤ I hope you will build beautiful life here. I also live in the Finnish countryside, near the coast, half an hour away from Turku. Maybe we are neighbours 😅 Me and my partner have a rental house here, but we are dreaming of our own property and self-sufficiency.
    If you need any help from native finnish speakers, we are here 😇

    • @brandyjean7015
      @brandyjean7015 3 місяці тому +12

      How kind!

    • @caprifolia1
      @caprifolia1 3 місяці тому +15

      Welcome to Finland! We Finns love people who understand and value nature. Warm greetings from Helsinki.

    • @lodgehousestudio6219
      @lodgehousestudio6219 3 місяці тому +9

      Wow what lovely finish hospitality.

    • @heidi1651
      @heidi1651 3 місяці тому +10

      Funny to think about how many Finnish viewers he might actually already have! I'm Finnish American!

  • @ottodahl
    @ottodahl 2 місяці тому +3

    It hasn't been the warmest start to the winter in Southwest Finland this year, to put it mildly. I'm eagerly awaiting the next video to hear the details how you have survived so far. 😬

  • @jonwolfenstein7431
    @jonwolfenstein7431 2 місяці тому +2

    Stumbled upon your delightful channel recently. As someone interested in this lifestyle and looking for inspiration to take the next steps, thank you.
    As for your success in Finland, I have no doubt you'll be just fine. Humans can flourish in any environment. They can also fail in any environment. A cheery disposition in the face of difficulties, a head for creative problem-solving, and a sense of purpose make all the difference. You have shown to possess those in spades.
    Blessings on your adventure!

  • @pcread
    @pcread 3 місяці тому +14

    There are so many of those old family farms, where the kids left for the cities and the (grand-)parents passed on.
    I'm a UK citizen and consider myself an Englishman, but my mother was born and bred in Satakunta. And I went to school in Helsinki back in the 70s for 3 years.
    Brexit really screwed so many of us expats over. I live in Germany and have right of residence here, but I have thought about going to live near to my family and our summer-cottage on the coast.

  • @marysobek7682
    @marysobek7682 3 місяці тому +2

    I followed you in Ireland and I look forward to following you in Finland with all of your new land! I wish you and your family the best adventures! I moved my family from a house lot in the city Phoenix, Arizona USA to 20 acres of SE Missouri USA. Three pastures and woods and never looked back these past two years. I am excited for you and your family in developing your new land and remodeling your 100 year old home! ❤

  • @LovelyRuthie
    @LovelyRuthie 3 місяці тому +2

    The UA-cam algorithm showed me this video because one assumes it thought I might like it. I've never watched before, nor considered living somewhere like Finland, but I'm fascinated to find out how you & your family's Finnish adventures 'Finnish' up :) You have a new subscriber!

  • @Peg06
    @Peg06 3 місяці тому +78

    Congratulations! New baby, new house, new country! I can see it now: you get Angela off to work, strap Juno to your back and go out to work the land. And the most important part: SANTA IS YOUR NEIGHBOR!!!

  • @emjuhaku
    @emjuhaku 3 місяці тому +3

    Welcome to Finland! I am a Finn currently living in Germany with my German partner and our child, but we are moving to Finland next year. Watching your video was a very interesting experience for me, as it addresses many things we have also been contemplating with my partner, what are the pros and cons of living in Finland vs. Germany. We are the same as you in that regard that we are not sun worshippers and I actually also would love to have clearly defined seasons, so I enjoy even winter with a good amount of snow, but it will be a completely new experience for my partner. Growing up as a child in the Finnish countryside, I can say it was a magical experience to see, feel, smell, taste, and live through all the different phases of nature changing each year. I really loved roaming in the forest, exploring all its wonders, and getting to know different plants, animals, and birds. Nothing like that would ever be possible in the same degree for my child here in Germany. So I'm happy to return and offer that same experience to them. I think you really found a great area for your home, the location really seems great. I really love the Turku area, it's very beautiful there with so many different types of landscapes with the archipelago, coast, islands, and inland forest areas. For learning the language - my partner is just learning Finnish at the A2 level via some online courses, so feel free to connect if you ever need tips on that or if your partner wants some hints from a fellow native German speaker.

  • @kathleengeiser6956
    @kathleengeiser6956 2 місяці тому +2

    Being half Finnish, and born in Minnesota. I will be looking forward to all of your videos from Finland. 😊

  • @mariaarnold2716
    @mariaarnold2716 3 місяці тому +4

    A great big welcome to baby Juno and many congratulations to her proud parents. We look forward to following your new adventure and learning more about Finland

  • @lisakepinski4299
    @lisakepinski4299 2 місяці тому +1

    Thanks for explaining the location criteria and restrictions in your search. Very informative.
    We live in southern Germany in the alps (just a few kms to Tyrol, Austria). Indeed your comments echoed our search for a home in Germany over a decade ago-very few houses on the market with most passed on to locals without a formal realtor listing, and of those available in a lower price range they needed tremendous renovations, and overall were on very small plots of land jammed together in housing clusters. Getting any house with 1-5 acres was nonexistent in our search. We wound up in a “suburban” part of a small village, tightly packed in, overlooked by neighboring houses but surrounded by farmed pastures for walking and able to live in a rural setting with small towns. But it’s not the nature home life like you have found. Congratulations on achieving your ideal new home!
    I look forward to following along with your journey. I appreciate your efforts in sharing your experiences with us.
    May the new year bring you and your family continued growth strength & experiences, joyful daily moments of family life, and the health to realize your dreams for your new life ahead. Blessings to you all.

  • @alexandranicole5659
    @alexandranicole5659 3 місяці тому +3

    Congratulations to both you & your partner on the move -& a new daughter🥂 Finland looks & sounds wonderful! I myself have also left Co Cavan Ireland this September 2023 & am no longer homesteading there for the same reasons as yourself -so thank you for the video! I’ve returned to my home country the USA in quite a daze as to what to do next & your video was very inspiring. Your information on homesteading in Germany & Austria - two possibilities I was considering was valuable insight for me. I look forward to seeing & hearing more of Finland & your progress there in your upcoming videos! All the best wishes to you & your family for success! PS I am a classical music composer & one of my favourite classical composers Jean Sibelius is from Finland & spent his life living in the Finnish countryside of Ainola, Järvenpää, Finland! If you get a chance listen to his music -particularly his violin concerto -his music is reflective of his life in the Finnish countryside !

  • @ahjotuli7153
    @ahjotuli7153 3 місяці тому +56

    Welcome to Finland, Daniel! What a nice surprise 😊 I was a bit disappointed to hear you were leaving mossy bottom, but now I'm really excited to see you start a new in my home country. By my estimation you are about 1 hour drive from our own little self-sufficient plot of land and gardens, so we're almost neighbours! ✌🏻✌🏻

  • @dandelionpark3673
    @dandelionpark3673 3 місяці тому +4

    Very best wishes for the future and excited for you all. Watching from West Wales and share your vision of living sustainably with nature - the beauty of the natural world and being in the heart of coast and countryside is an absolute priority for us too. We wish you and your family every happiness bringing your dreams and vision to life. X

  • @seanoneillsongs
    @seanoneillsongs 3 місяці тому +2

    All the best to you and your family on this new chapter.
    My kids are grown and older than me in many ways.
    I'm looking forward to beginning a new adventure in spring next year when I'll be moving onto a beautiful little piece of land which is quite off the beaten track.
    It will be an adventure setting up my energy and water supply and I have a lot to learn
    Besides UA-cam, in Leitrim there are quite a few people currently off grid - some for years - and they seem glad to share their expertise.
    It's been a while since I watch one of your videos and I was told by a future neighbour today that your dog is no more.
    I can empathize with that as after almost 15 years as my constant companion, I lost mine five years ago come Bridget's Day. I'm still asked about her just about every week when I'm out busking.

  • @Zembatka
    @Zembatka 3 місяці тому +5

    If I had to move to another country, Finland would be my first choice. Congratulations, it's such an amazing country, especially to raise kids in! I have family in Turku and a few years back (in February) we did a 10 days roadtrip up to the Arctic Circle (Kittila) with 5 kids, saw the Northern Lights, the ice castles, the wonderful Lapland. Good luck there!

  • @JohninRosc
    @JohninRosc 2 місяці тому +1

    Congratulations! For everything - your daughter, making brave decisions, knowing what you want, getting your act together etc.

  • @jillyoung509
    @jillyoung509 3 місяці тому +3

    How wonderful to see you settled in your new home, I hope it meets all your expectations and that you will all be very happy there.

  • @mattgrant402
    @mattgrant402 3 місяці тому +132

    Wow! Congratulations on the birth of your daughter & finding your new home. What a magical place! And having snow for that period of time will be like a winter wonderland ⛄️ your real life Narnia 😃 Isn’t it incredible how life can change. Good luck to you all in your wonderful new life in Finland ❤️

    • @DNA350ppm
      @DNA350ppm 3 місяці тому +3

      From me, too!

  • @sinilepi
    @sinilepi 3 місяці тому +2

    As a fellow Finn, welcome to Finland! I think u made an excellent choice of moving here. We have wonderful people here which can seem distant at first but are very welcoming and hospitable. We find true happiness in such little things from the way of living in most areas in Finland. Our nature is truly where the heart can rest and you get used to the colder weather in about year or months. Warm summers and cold winters truly build character. You seem to find a beautiful home for your family and I'm happy for you. Definitely subscribing for future Finnish content!

  • @jediofgraphic
    @jediofgraphic 3 місяці тому +3

    Very exited for you! Congratulations on becoming a father and a successful move to Finland. The new property sounds like a dream:) Looking forward to your videos and I hope for new series with Finnish folk tales!

  • @linalina8147
    @linalina8147 3 місяці тому +2

    So happy for you Daniel, congratulations on your baby girl Juno and moving your family to a better home life, I believe. We have been following your series from the beginning and you have influenced us to look for home in Leitrim. We are still looking. There is a housing crisis in Ireland. We are looking forward to following your new adventure and again congratulations to all of you ! Your life is truly exciting Daniel, wishing you all the best

  • @belindachambers7585
    @belindachambers7585 3 місяці тому +1

    It is such a lovely and delightful thing to see and hear you again setting in with your family in Frosty Mossy Bottom!
    It will certainly be an incredible adventure and wonderful at this stage of your lives. No doubt it will not be forever- nothing ever is.
    Be Happy Be Blessed!
    Looking forward to more videos.
    I can see Moss skipping about in the woods impatient for you to get on! Our animal companions always find us and connect with us wherever we are. Its impossible to separate those who love- bound energetically 🌻🦋🐕🌈🕊♥️

  • @hayleytreadgold2530
    @hayleytreadgold2530 3 місяці тому +2

    Yay you’re back!! Finland looks amazing, looking forward to your new adventures. Congratulations on your baby girl! xx

  • @ximono
    @ximono 3 місяці тому +236

    Welcome to the Nordics! I know some of what you're faced with in that old log cabin, as I'm writing this from inside a 200+ years old one in Norway. It's perfectly cosy now, but it did take a lot of work, and some money.
    From my experience, and what experts in traditional houses have taught me, you can save a lot of money by prioritizing correctly. Many spend too much money on too drastic changes that only end up causing rot and mold, costing even more money to fix (by undoing the costly mistake). So do seek out reknowned experts in _traditional_ houses (not modern ones, even if they claim they have experience with old houses!). We have an organization for this in Norway as well as county-level advisors for owners of traditional buildings, and a ton of great resources.
    Generally, the advice I've received and followed is to prioritize and do the following (I'm sharing this with anyone interested who comes across this):
    1. Stop drafts. This is the cheapest, easiest and most effective thing you can do. Find drafts with a flame, tracing it along walls, looking for where it flickers. The goal is no flickering. Take off skirting boards and window trims (inside), fill the gaps with wool or some natural insulation material, cut strips of "Tyvek" and staple it across the lengths of the gaps. Replace trims/boards. Finally use sealing strips on the inside of your window and door frames. I prefer modern ones from Tesa, but you can also use linen or wool.
    2. DON'T "upgrade" your windows if they're very old! You'll only be downgrading. 100 year old windows will last another 100 years and more, while new windows have an expected lifetime of only 20-ish years before they rot. You could upgrade the glass to a more energy efficient one, but you will often sacrifice the character of the house if the glass is handmade and beautiful. They say the eyes are the window into the soul, and the windows _are_ the eyes of the house. Old houses often lose their "soul" after window upgrades, it's a very common and tragic mistake. Expensive too. Luckily there is a good alternative. Keep the outer windows as they are, restore them using traditional techniques and paints (new plastic based paints or caulks can cause rot), and instead replace the glass of the _inner_ windows with energy glass. (Make inner windows if you don't have that, but most old houses do.) Best of borth worlds, and good insulation value in total. (Some extra tips: The paint towards the inside should be more impermeable than the paint towards the outside. A bit counter-intuitive, but water vapour from inside seeks towards the cold, and this slows down water vapor and allows it to exit the outer layer. Also, make sure the inner windows are 100% airtight to prevent condensation. If that's not enough, a professional can drill small holes in the outer frame to let the vapours out. Often small gaps will take care of it. So seal the inside, not on the outside.)
    3. Do insulate towards the loft and cellar, but be extra careful as you risk an outbreak of wood-rotting fungus. By insulating towards a cold space, the heat that would otherwise dry it out doesn't reach it, making it colder and wetter. You may or may not need to insulate the outer walls. If you do, you may not need to make them thicker (and the house uglier). This is an area where I'd definitely rely on experts in traditional buildings, not modern ones. Using modern insulation materials in old houses is very risky business.
    4. Use traditional materials and techniques wherever you can. This especially applies to paints, caulks, mortars and insulation. When you replace something, try to replace it "like for like" in terms of material and quality. Remember, today's quality is shit compared to a hundred years ago, especially timber. Local sawmills can help you out though. As for paints, stay the h*ll away from modern paints, the largest source of microplastics in the ocean. It's also just stupid to seal your house in plastic, causing your sidings to rot when vapour inevitably pushes out towards the cold side. Linseed oil based paints cost _about_ the same per m2, but require knowledge and correct technique, and takes more time to apply. But done correctly, it lasts much longer than plastic paints, up to 30 years according to experienced professional painters. It's a superior paint in many aspects, though not shiny like plastic.
    5. In general, do the smallest and less drastic tasks first, do them in turn and evaluate as you go. Often, relatively little is needed to acheive a good comfort of living, saving you LOTS of money (and the risk of your house rotting).
    Take good care of your house, and it will stand for another 100 years and more! You can do much of the work yourself, and all of what I've mentioned can be learned and done by amateurs (who know what they're doing). I'm fixing windows and painting and insulating my house myself, having taken courses and studied available resources. It's great fun, and very rewarding! But I always consult with advisors before I start, and professionals during the project. I think that's essential. It's very easy to mess up an old house if you don't know what you're doing, regardless of good intentions.
    I wish you all the best! It looks like a lovely house :)

    • @ByHisGrace-
      @ByHisGrace- 3 місяці тому +17

      Such great advice and I'll refer to it all myself should I be able to make the move to Finland myself one day 😊

    • @margaretmlydon6910
      @margaretmlydon6910 3 місяці тому +14

      You are so helpful. Some fantastic tips there. 👏 👏

    • @purplerabbit7190
      @purplerabbit7190 3 місяці тому +4

      I would reconsider NATO is a safe option. I would trust Russia more. Then I wear a tin hat

    • @saraheschweiler4939
      @saraheschweiler4939 3 місяці тому +6

      What an excellent list!😀Thank you bunches
      I live in Minnesota, USA, where our winters are similar to Finnish winters, & my home will be 100 years old next year. Love the beautiful old windows with wavy glass!
      We've been remodeling, though, & now, as of this year,, our attic now has spray-foam insulation & sheet-rock on the ceilings & walls, & after reading your comments, I really wish we had not followed the General Contractor's advice to use the spray foam ( he said it was the most affordable insulation 😔), but now I worry that our cedar-shake roof cannot 'breathe' properly....feeling very sad about that...hoping it will be ok for many years to come....🤔

    • @richardsimms251
      @richardsimms251 3 місяці тому +4

      Great comments! Thank you.
      RS. Canada

  • @user-jy8fl5kp6i
    @user-jy8fl5kp6i 3 місяці тому +2

    You where missed.Congrats on becoming a father.I'm sure you and Angela will be very happy in Finland.
    Looking forward to all your new videos .😊

  • @karenmcnamee7391
    @karenmcnamee7391 3 місяці тому +1

    Welcome back and congratulations on your new home and baby. What wonderful news. It is great Angela will be able to finish her internship and you have found a place to continue what you both love. We look forward to following along with your new adventures. It will be so different from our food gardening here in hot, dry rural Australia. 🙏

  • @Ebkorhonen
    @Ebkorhonen 3 місяці тому +1

    You are so very welcome to Finland!❤😊 I and my husband are retired and living 3 hours east from Turku and 1 hour east from Helsinki in the countryside with nature and forrest arround the corner.We wish you a happy life here!😊

  • @Zaknafein
    @Zaknafein 3 місяці тому +1

    No idea why this video showed up on my feed, but I watched and enjoyed it, even without having watched prior videos!
    Welcome to Finland!

  • @bambinaforever1402
    @bambinaforever1402 Місяць тому +5

    I used to live in Finland for 35 years, then we moved to the south of France with my husband. Sometimes i miss Finland and come visit - we still keep our individual house in Helsinki area where one of my sons lives. So each time i come visit in winter i m thinking dear god, how can people love here. And each time i return to France i m like dear god thank u we moved. So i wish u a very good luck. The country is nice, i like it but the weather SUCKS

  • @f.goossens8118
    @f.goossens8118 3 місяці тому +105

    Hej from Jamtland, Sweden. A Scot here who lived two years in Ireland (Co Leitrim) but needed open access to nature, which Ireland doesn't grant, and less overcrowding. Ireland is a beautiful island, but being used to the Right to Roam in my native Scotland, I craved the Allemansratten that Sweden offers. We're only on a quarter acre on the edge of a tiny rural village but given our ages (we're retired) it suits us well. All the best to you in your new life. We're currently under more than two foot of snow. It's dark much of the day already. And it's beautiful. You'll love it. These are how I remember winters being from my childhood.

    • @ukqwerty999
      @ukqwerty999 3 місяці тому +2

      Sounds like you have a nice time living there :)

    • @freyaellie1
      @freyaellie1 3 місяці тому +2

      Where in Leitrim did you live? I'm English and lived in Leitrim for 14 years before moving here in Höga Kusten, Sweden about 11 years ago!

    • @f.goossens8118
      @f.goossens8118 3 місяці тому +2

      @@freyaellie1 Near Derrinurn. We used to take weekly bus trips to Sligo. :)

    • @freyaellie1
      @freyaellie1 3 місяці тому

      @@f.goossens8118 We lived in Aughavas, near Mohill. We got married in Sligo, a lovely little town.

    • @Funkydesu
      @Funkydesu 3 місяці тому +1

      Well done for making the move to Jamtland. It was always my dream to move to northern Sweden, but Brexit put a stop to that, unless I'm prepared to stay only 6 months each year. I'm still considering that, but I hope you continue to enjoy that lovely part of the world.

  • @bairuta08
    @bairuta08 3 місяці тому +1

    Genuinely excited to see future content. Maybe it’s because that me and my family also live in Finland as foreigners. So welcome to Finland!🎉

  • @billhillary6632
    @billhillary6632 3 місяці тому +1

    Daniel, delighted to hear about the arrival of Juno and your new adventure . I live in the west of Ireland and enjoyed your videos very much but I’m excited to be able to see how life in Finland unfolds . Wishing you all the best 🍀

  • @helenahandkart1857
    @helenahandkart1857 3 місяці тому +2

    Very excited for you all, it seems both delightful & sensible. Looking forward to seeing the land, & what other trees grow or can be grown there. Some lovely support, tios & offers here in the comments. Very inspiring. Greetings to you & your Finnish neighbours, from South Australia.

  • @pamelacollard567
    @pamelacollard567 3 місяці тому +2

    Wow ~ What a Joy it was to see where you have landed and Congratulations to you and Angela on the arrival of Juno in your lives ~ Looking forward to your next video and learning more about the WonderFull home you are Creating together ~ Brightest Blessings and Warmest Heart Hugs to you All 🤗💞

  • @cygnusatratus
    @cygnusatratus 3 місяці тому +2

    I'm so excited to hear from you again! Congratulations on your daughter and on your house! M looking forward to watch you build your smallholding. I love that you have woodland! Finland sounds like a great place to live, so glad you found your place. Hope we'll see a puppy at some point. His name would be Frosty, I guess ❤
    We bought our dream smallholding with around 1,5 hectares in northern Germany two years ago. I'm happy we didn't encounter any of the bureaucratic difficulties you describe. We now have chickens, ducks and rabbits with sheep coming next year, a large veggie garden and newly planted orchard.

  • @mariegabe9015
    @mariegabe9015 3 місяці тому +81

    I live in Eastern Ontario, Canada and I agree with you, a snowy winter is way better than a rainy one. Winters with snow can be bright and sunny and when it snows its magical and light-filled. There are no grey days, even when it snows.

    • @mangore623
      @mangore623 3 місяці тому +4

      Oi vey, get back to us if you have to actually work outside when it’s -20C or -30C. You don’t die out in the rain, but if you’re not careful, you can die very quickly and easily out in -30C with a strong wind.

  • @marieh6055
    @marieh6055 3 місяці тому +3

    Welcome to Finland! I hope you’re staying warm in the recent cold and snowy shift in the weather. Finnish nature is beautiful and I’m glad you’ve encountered some of our wildlife! Just be aware (in case you already aren’t) that the wolf population has been growing in Southwest Finland and is now among the densest in the country. Wolves have been seen in this area also near houses, so if you have any outdoor/free roaming animals or pets, keep a close eye on them :)

  • @stacywettstein8285
    @stacywettstein8285 3 місяці тому +2

    Congratulations 🎈 on the move and your baby girl. So excited for you and yours. And grateful you are taking us along. ❤

  • @gabrielgabriel5177
    @gabrielgabriel5177 2 місяці тому +1

    You are welcome to Finland it was nice to hear you toughts about our country. I hope you will do well and get use to lot of new things in Finland. May God bless your family.

  • @laarawilliamsen
    @laarawilliamsen 2 місяці тому +1

    Big Congratulations from Laara in Canada! I am so happy for you and your family! I enjoyed this video very much and will definitely follow along to see how everything is progressing! I truly admire you and your wife for moving your family to Finland which is a beautiful and well organized country! 😀

  • @PetraVivien
    @PetraVivien 3 місяці тому +2

    First of all: congratulations on being a dad now (this has been the biggest surprise) and of course on moving!
    Finland is a great country and I'm completely with you for choosing it, although I followed your channel years ago, because of Ireland.
    Life is an adventure and you never really know what will be. In 2020 I thought we would move from Germany to Ireland, but found a home in Switzerland🤣I can tell you, I'm 66 years by now and the surprises never end. Go on with your content - I love it.

  • @marieviken1945
    @marieviken1945 3 місяці тому +83

    I am so happy for you with both your daughter and the new homestead in Finland! The distinct 4 seasons in the Nordic countries makes sure you never get bored and always have something to look forward to all year along - bursting Spring with lots of new life, nice Summers with beautiful long, warm days and everything growing, calming Autumn with plentiful harvest and cold crispy Winters for rest and contemplation as well as making firewood and skiing. I live on a small old homestead with a small flock of old Norwegian breed of sheep, dog, some rabbits and a cat in the eastern part of Norway close to the Swedish border. Having refurbished most of my old house from 1864 I discovered that a lot of the "old stuff" which looked to be in a very bad condition was more than ok and after some repairs, cleaning and painting will be fit for many years to come. Now I am working with the same approach for my old outbuildings - even the ones almost fallen down have a potential! I look forward to follow you developing your new homestead!

    • @bugrist
      @bugrist 3 місяці тому +1

      What about the terrible micro mosquitoes?

    • @butterflies655
      @butterflies655 3 місяці тому

      ​@@bugristMostly they appear in Lapland. Not in southern Finland.

    • @bugrist
      @bugrist 3 місяці тому

      @@butterflies655 oh, that's something new to know!

  • @rebekahyoung6624
    @rebekahyoung6624 3 місяці тому

    SO happy to see you back!!! I was just telling someone about your channel and I pulled it up and there you are with new content! I am so excited. I will miss Ireland but I will be interested in learning about Finland. Congratulations on your new addition! You’ve been busy! Welcome back and thank you for all you do ❤

  • @blackappleseed
    @blackappleseed 2 місяці тому +2

    I'm super excited for you and looking forward to following your Finnish journey :)

  • @helenroberts7490
    @helenroberts7490 3 місяці тому +1

    So good to see you on screen again Daniel. I look forward to seeing your journey towards self-sufficiency again in your new home with your expanding family. 😊

  • @BootyAllen
    @BootyAllen 3 місяці тому +2

    What a lovely video! Welcome to Finland! Greetings from Helsinki! Wish you guys all the best. Certainly going to follow this channel from now on

  • @pilarjaenes
    @pilarjaenes 3 місяці тому +1

    Ow what a surprise! Happy to see you so Happy in your new family adventure and project. Good luck on Finland and thank you in avance for your future teaching vids. Travelling by your hand with just a click is always interesting. Congrats for the new offspring you have to grow up and lots of strength and patience

  • @manolisgledsodakis873
    @manolisgledsodakis873 3 місяці тому +86

    Hyvää päivää! Great to see that you found somewhere suitable. Finnish is only "difficult" because it's structured unlike any other language so there are no familiar words. But don't let that scare you from pursuing it. And don't let mistakes embarrass you. We all make mistakes; it's how we learn.

    • @katalingerstenberger2758
      @katalingerstenberger2758 3 місяці тому +4

      I am Hungarian and I learned, that Finnish and Hungarian languages are very similarly structured and are somehow related. We do not understand each other, but our grammar is the same, is indeed unique compared to other languages. I would like to know, if you Finnish people are aware of or taught of this?

    • @Anttik_
      @Anttik_ 3 місяці тому +4

      Yes, we Finn's know that Hungarian is our relative language. But we don't understand a word of Hungarian, there are no similar kind of words. I think the structure of the languages is just quite close to each other.
      The words in Finnish that are from foreign origin come mostly from Swedish, English and German, so those languages feel somewhat more familiar to us, even though the structure is quite different.

    • @ShanLiB
      @ShanLiB 3 місяці тому +4

      I studied Finnish before going there for almost a year, between Helsinki and Turku. I tried to practice it during my visit. It was interesting to be told, while there, that although there are 13 cases to decline for in Finnish, only a few of them are actually used regularly by Finns. Also, after teasing me about my attempts to speak the language, one Finn said, "Why do you do that? There are only 5 million of us and most of us speak excellent English." I loved my visit there and it's my favorite European country, for many reasons.

    • @katalingerstenberger2758
      @katalingerstenberger2758 3 місяці тому +1

      Hungarian is structured like the Finnish language, our grammar is similar and unique in the world.

  • @thenormalvwguy6777
    @thenormalvwguy6777 3 місяці тому +1

    It’s so nice to listen to you and hear your happy but also calming voice.
    Finnish is one of the most difficult languages to learn. I wish you the best that it works out for you!
    Good luck on your path!

    • @DuBstep115
      @DuBstep115 3 місяці тому

      I wouldn't even bother learning finnish, Turku where he lives has a high population of swedish speakers and swedish is 100x easier to learn than finnish because its a germanic language

  • @sampsasipila
    @sampsasipila 3 місяці тому +2

    There’s no bad weather, just bad clothing!
    Welcome and greetings from Turku. I see now why this was in my recommendations… 😊
    This is the most depressing time in southern Finland, before the snow comes in. With snow you get also a lot of light and it dampens the sounds too so it gets pretty quiet. In the city you don’t hear the cars that much and in the woods you don’t hear birds since they pretty much have all left to south. But before and after snow it is pretty rough outside.
    I think the best weather in wintertime is -5 degrees, snow on the ground and sunny. It is so nice. Too bad there are not that many of those days.

  • @elainevanhuis8373
    @elainevanhuis8373 3 місяці тому +1

    I am so happy to see you back, looking forward to frosty bottom. I wanted to visit mossy bottom so badly. Congrats on being a father.