To the Finnish, being outdoors in nature isn’t about paying homage to nature or to ourselves, the way it tends to be for Americans

To the Finnish, being outdoors in nature isn’t about paying homage to nature or to ourselves, the way it tends to be for Americans. We fetishize our life lists, catalog peaks bagged and capture the pristine scenes of grand wilderness. It is largely an individual experience. For the Finnish, though, nature is about expressing a close-knit collective identity. Nature is where they can exult in their nationalistic obsessions of berry-picking, mushrooming, fishing, lake swimming and Nordic skiing. They don’t watch moose; they eat them the way their ancestors did. And they do these things often.

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams

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