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    I May Only Be Half Finnish, But....

    My great grandparents came here from Finland. My grandma married my grandpa, who is also 100% Finnish. So my mom is all Finnish too. I am proud to be Finnish. I have yet to meet anyone that is at least part Finnish in the US that isn't related to me though! I found out some...
    Kabola123 Kabola123 26-30, F 5 Responses Jul 3, 2012

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    Family

    my dads mother was finnish and came to Canada when she was a little girl with one brother and an uncle and I always felt a deep connecton to her she had a beautiful strong spirit and is my oldest daughters namesake.
    jturnbull jturnbull 36-40, M Apr 21, 2009

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    50%

    My grandparents came from Finland in the early 1900's. My father spoke fluent Finnish but I never learned and now wish I had. It seems so hard!!!  I did quite a bit of genealogy work and discovered that my great-grandfather was born out of wedlock. His mother then...
    blackjellybean blackjellybean 51-55, F 2 Responses Apr 30, 2010

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    Irma

    I lost my right led last November by train accident, I has been very hard to cope with life and proteison. I would like to know how other people withh same situation have managed?
    Apassi Apassi 46-50 Jul 11, 2009

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    ...and A Part Karelian.

    I'm 1/4 Russian Karelian and I'm proud of the fact. My mother's father and his parents were born and raised in Karelia, and I feel emotionally connected with them. Some of our relatives still live there behind the border. Some might say that I'm full Finnish none the less since...
    teainbagend teainbagend 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 14, 2012

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    Tynne Pekkala

    She came over on the Lusitania when she was just 17 years old from Vihante (I think that is how you spell it). They said there was a storm at sea and everyone was ordered below deck, but she was found still on the deck hanging on to the rail and laughing as the waves buffeted the...
    mousala mousala 51-55, F 2 Responses Jul 24, 2012

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    I Am Half Finnish.

    My mum is a fin. She grew up in Kuopio but left when she was 19. I've visited several times and I love it! It's so peaceful and homely. I love the woods and the smells! I've tried learning Finnish but it's so hard. I know very very little, barely more than 10 words, it's very...
    ForeverIsOver ForeverIsOver 13-15, F 3 Responses Sep 15, 2013

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    I Am Half Finnish

    I am 1/2 Finnish from my Dad's side. His parents were from Finland, raised in Eastern Oregon. He never spoke English until he started school and then had to learn English. He never spoke Finnish around any of us and I am sure he forgot most of it. None of his 2 brothers, 2...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 15, 2013

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    Jashinism Is Real Stop Messaging Me Bagging On My Religion

    I've been getting allot of ******* messages saying your just a psychopath who needs help or why are you following a cartoon god. Ill say it again I HATE ANIME WHICH MEANS I HATE NARUTO i have better things to do than watch a bunch of ******* gay ninjas run around with...
    xXJashinXx xXJashinXx 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 2, 2011

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    Ajattelinpa Olla Hurja Ja Kirjoittaa Suomeksi

    Isänmaallisuus ei varsinaisesti ole kovin läheinen asia, kieli on suomalaisuudesta suurimpana merkkinä. Ja umpimielinen, kyyninen luonne jos asian haluaa niin tulkita. Ei minulla ole suomalaisuudesta edes kummoista sanottavaa. Hädintuskin tiedän mitä se ihmisille merkitsee...
    Fearofsilence Fearofsilence 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 14, 2010

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    We Called Her "Aiti"

    My grandmother's family came to the US from Finland in the early 1900's. First my great-grandfather came with his older sons apparently to escape conscription into the Russian army. They worked in the upper peninsula of Michigan in copper mines and as lumberjacks. My great...
    jalee jalee 41-45 3 Responses Jul 13, 2008

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    I Am Finn!

    I am 3/4 Finn on my dad's side; the other is either Swede or Norse. I'm still researching that thru Ancestry.com. They mainly came from Tornio in the north. We are among the millions that had our name changed at Ellis Island to Anderson. Wish I had my real name, but I didn't find...
    OldFogey57 OldFogey57 56-60, M May 16, 2013

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    I Love Being Half Finnish

    I do, I really, really do. My friends think I'm insane, and talk weird. I have a slight accent, despite living in America my whole life. I got it from my grandmother, who called me her "Little Finnish Doll". According to her, I got all of the Finnish genes. I'm the only one in...
    residentreject residentreject 16-17, F 4 Responses Jun 17, 2012

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    My father has Finnish blood somewhere.

    I can't remember the sequence, he did write it down somewhere, but it can't find it! I think I'm either one eighth of one sixteenth Finnish.
    Silfverberg Silfverberg 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 26

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    Genetics

    My dad's family emigrated from Finland to Canada in the early 1900's and my mom's family emigrated from Scotland around the same time.  So I am a 50/50% mix.  Yet, I am told often how Finnish I look, act and feel and that is what I've always identified myself as being...
    zephyris zephyris 36-40, F 3 Responses Jul 4, 2008

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    And even live here too

    so time zones can be a pain......
    Justanowg Justanowg 36-40, M Feb 10

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    Searching For More

    I've decided a while ago to persue learning as much as I can about my heritage, but I'm not getting too far. It all started when my grandmother on my mother's side passed away last year. She is my Finnish lineage, and I always sort of admired it once I came of age to get that...
    Givvy Givvy 19-21, M 5 Responses Dec 28, 2007

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    99 % Finnish

    I live in Finland and I've lived here for my whole life. My mom and dad had too:3 We have reindeers, lol:P I am proud of it but I still wanna move to USA or Canada when I grow up.
    Nirvana98 Nirvana98 13-15, F Jul 12, 2013

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    Kind of

    I live on an group of islands between Finland and Sweden which are a part of Finland but according to some finnish people we are not finnish since the only official language here is swedish. In the law it says Finland has officially two languages, finnish and swedish but it's...
    pepperpot pepperpot 22-25, F Jun 4, 2008

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    Related Experiences

    In 2003 I fled a abusive marriage with nothing but the clothes on my and my children's backs. To make matters worse we were abroad and I basically didn't exist to the system. For...
    IStillGotIt IStillGotIt 41-45, F 3 Responses Jul 7

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    1) I love ballet flats. 2) I love dresses. 3) I'm half-Finnish, but it's easier to say I am Finnish. 4) I love cats. 5) I am intelligent. 6) I am a good cook. 7) I am hopelessly...
    ForeverIsOver ForeverIsOver 13-15, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    I speak (Swiss)German, English, French, Spanish and a little Russian. But one day, I want to learn Portuguese, Finnish, Italian and Rumantsch :)
    MissDraconis MissDraconis 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 5

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    In 2003 I fled Finland with my 3 children(2 his,1 not) after 13 years in a abusive marriage. We arrived back in America with the clothes on our backs literally. In the divorce I...
    IStillGotIt IStillGotIt 41-45, F 4 Responses Jul 7

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    First im 15 yrs old from Philippines. So im so close to my aunt since they migrate near us. So heres the story. I got ang inguinal hernia operation last Saturday. And this happen...
    kuyaardie kuyaardie 36-40, M Jul 9

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    1. I have black hair 2. I have blue eyes 3. I am empathic 4. I don't like conflict 5. I will fight for those I love 6. I play piano/keyboard/organ 7. I have studied degree level...
    vequin vequin 41-45 Jul 20

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    I had been married for four months before I found out that my husband, whom I have been in a committed relationship for 9 years including a year-long engagement, cheated on me. It...
    krk314 krk314 31-35, F 5 Responses Jul 21

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    Procrastination is an art form. Ohh sure anyone can take all year to get an A on their final paper but those who can against all odds Finnish said paper 5 min before class and...
    kakarotxvegeta kakarotxvegeta 18-21 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    I come from a Finnish family, so in my case. Who hasn't? :)
    MrYoungNudist MrYoungNudist 13-15, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Simply...Finnish! O.O
    NobodyCanEverHearHerCall NobodyCanEverHearHerCall 22-25, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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