Now Jingfens Can Meet their Authentic Finnish Counterparts

Publish Time:2019-04-10 15:57:47Source:PR Newswire

【Introduction】:Visit Finland is inviting people from around the world, including Greater China to experience how the Finns live in true harmony with nature through their new initiative, Rent a Finn.

-- Rent a Finn encourages travellers to learn true happiness from the Finns

-- Visitors have until April 21, 2019, to apply to visit Finland

HELSINKI, Finland, April 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Visit Finland is inviting people from around the world, including Greater China to experience how the Finns live in true harmony with nature through their new initiative, Rent a Finn.

This summer, Finnish citizens will work as happiness guides and welcome visitors into their homes, showing them how to connect with nature and understand the Finnish art of relaxation. Chinese travellers are being especially welcomed to apply. Since the publishing of Finnish Nightmares by Karoliina Korhonen featuring Matti, a "typical Finn" who prefers minimal contact and appreciates his personal space. Many Chinese have felt connected to the typical Finnish persona, so much so that "Jingfen" was coined as a new term meaning "spiritually Finnish", to describe a person that feels an affinity to typical Finnish introversion.

Now, with the Rent a Finn initiative, Jingfen will have an opportunity to meet their counterparts in Finland for truly local Finnish experiences.

The application period for guests is open until April 21, 2019.

Studies show that nature can balance our minds and alleviate stress. Even a short walk in nature lowers your blood pressure and pulse while boosting endorphin levels. On March, 20, 2019, Finland was named the happiest nation on earth for the second consecutive year in the UN's World Happiness Report 2019.

Heli Jimenez, Senior Director, International Marketing, Business Finland,said: "Many travellers choose to visit Finland because of our uniquely peaceful nature and tranquility. The Rent a Finn campaign is in response to the global travel trend of living like a local, which is all about sharing genuine experiences with ordinary people.

"Pure nature is a part of life in Finland. We go outdoors in any weather, let our babies nap outside and spend a great deal of time in nature in general. Our happiness guides all share a certain awareness, a great love of nature and an appreciation for slow living."

The Rent a Finn initiative has initially enlisted eight ordinary Finns to work as happiness guides for travellers. The guides, who were chosen from among hundreds of applicants, will welcome visitors for a few days and show them their own ways of relieving stress in nature.

Linda Raiha, one of the happiness guides, explains, "Time runs differently on our island. It seems to slow down somehow, and there is never a need for hurry."

"There are many ways to connect with nature from working in your vegetable patch, boating, fishing, heating up the sauna or foraging for mushrooms and berries in the forest."

The visits will take place during summer 2019 and will be free of charge for travellers.

The Rent a Finn initiative is being assisted by Hintsa Performance, a Finnish high-performance coaching company, who believes sustainable performance is created through a balanced lifestyle. Their methods of boosting human performance have been tested in organisations around the world, and their clients range from Fortune 500 leaders to Formula One World Champions.

The Rent a Finn website includes a test based on Hintsa's methods. It helps you to see how balanced your life really is and offers advice for reducing stress and maintaining your mental wellbeing.

Annastiina Hintsa, Chief Operating Officer from Hintsa Performance, said, "Our modern life is full of stimuli, and unwinding can be a challenge. Spending time in nature helps you reset and recover. Seeing where you stand is the first step towards reducing stress and creating long-term performance".

You can apply for a visit with a Finnish happiness guide now at rentafinn.com and for more information on Finland see visitfinland.com

Global inquiries:

Hetta Huittinen, Head of International Media & PR, Business Finland, hetta.huittinen@businessfinland.fi, +358 40,033 9597

Rent a Finn

Rent a Finn is an experiment by Visit Finland, part of Business Finland, where ordinary Finns work as happiness guides for travellers visiting Finland during summer 2019

The application period for travellers open until April 21, 2019

Learn more and apply at www.rentafinn.com

Visit Finland

Visit Finland works to develop Finland's travel destination brand, marketing Finland to travellers abroad and help companies in the travel industry go global. We cooperate with travel destinations regions, businesses in the travel industry and other export promoters and embassies, Visit Finland is part of Business Finland.

More information: https://www.visitfinland.com

Business Finland is the Finnish innovation funding, trade, investment, and travel promotion organization, headquartered in Helsinki. Business Finlandis fully owned by the Finnish Government. Business Finland employs 600 experts in 40 offices globally and in 20 regional offices around Finland. Business Finland is part of the Team Finland network. www.businessfinland.com

*UN World Happiness Report 2019 http://worldhappiness.report/ed/2019/

The Good Country Index 2019 http://goodcountryindex.org

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Rent a Finn Happiness guides

Get to know the guides: www.rentafinn.com

Esko

Esko, the Mayor of Rovaniemi, the hometown of Santa Claus, located next to the Arctic Circle in Lapland, spends most of his summers with his family in their summer cottage. It is probably the most traditional way for the Finns to enjoy summer days.

"I'm happiest spending time in nature with my family. Water in all its forms and fishing are also important to me."

Hanna

Hanna is an IT-marketing professional, who currently studies tourism economics. She is passionate about Finnish Nature and sharing it's wonders to travellers. She lives in the Metropolitan Southern Finland, but has spent most of her summers sailing in the Archipelago and winters skiing in Lapland, so she is more than familiar with many wonders of Finnish nature.

"Enjoying the sound of the waves and the beautiful sunsets on some deserted island in the middle of the sea is where I find my happiness from."

Juho

Juho was born and raised in Japan. Today Juho, his fiance Marjukka and their dog Dobby live in Kirkkonummi, near Helsinki. Juho is an urban farmer and he works in both digital media and health tech business.

"Simple life in nature inspires me. I value experiencing nature through all the senses. Being present without making a sound or doing something physical in nature. Building a fire, breathing in the morning dew or feeling the soil under my feet."

Katja

Katja is a social services student and a yoga teacher who lives in a very idyllic wooden neighborhood of Helsinki, called Kapyla She wants to show her guests how to experience nature within the city limits.

"Meditative moments in nature. Lush forests, calm lakes and saunas. Magical encounters with nature and wildlife, such as deer and birds."

Laura & Joni

Laura, Joni and their dog Watti are an active outdoor family who live in Sodankyla,Northern Lapland. They take daily walks in the forest and spend their weekends hiking and bicycling in the summer and skiing in the winter.

"We left Southern Finland to live closer to nature in Sodankyla. Our happiness stems from silence and nature's constant presence. We enjoy the small-town atmosphere. We have our privacy without being completely isolated."

Linda & Niko

Finnish couple Niko and Linda are living their life to the fullest in the middle of the Baltic Sea with their chihuahua Helmi. The couple used to live in the City, but went to the sea and Archipelago so often that they decided it was easier to move house. They currently live in Uto, the southernmost island of Finland.

"Time runs differently on our island. It seems to slow down somehow, and there is never a need for hurry."

Petri

Petri is a physiotherapist and a nature-lover, who lives with his wife Sini and their dog Ruu in southwest Finland, in a small village called Mathildedal.

"A natural silence that enchants your mind. Being alone and present. Or a blissful post-sauna beer."

Timo

Timo is from Lapland, currently living in Southern Finland, in a city of Hameenlinna, with his wife Paivi and their dog Mosku. His work is very closely connected to nature, as he manages museums and exhibitions for the National Parks and Wildlife Service Finland.

"The sounds of nature, tranquility and gently lapping waves ground me. I want to share this feeling of happiness with the world. There are so many fantastic places in Finland that only locals can show you."

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