While it has been said of the French that they live to eat, it has been said that Finns eat to live. Everyday food tends to be simple but nutritious and mealtimes less formal than in some other countries.
During the week, Finnish families may prepare and eat food on their own. On weekends, many families dine together and catch up on their activities that week. Meals tend to be simple but nutritious, including meat, fish, potatoes, pasta, bread and dairy products. As can be expected in a country of over 187,000 lakes, there is an abundance of different kinds of fish available, especially along the coast. Coffee is a favorite beverage, even among teenagers, often with a sweet wheat bread called pulla.
Finland has its own version of a smörgåsbord, called the voileipäpöytä. At a voileipäpöytä, there’s fish, potatoes, berries, and dairy products, along with rye bread. Another common Finnish dish is makkara (sausage), which is roasted over a fire and eaten with sinappi (mustard). However, Finland’s most unique delicacy is reindeer! The Finns eat reindeer stew, steak, cutlets, meatballs, and even tartare.