Sunday, February 15, 2015

1944 - Finland... Saunaland!


Finland... Saunaland! A claim nobody can deny. But bizarre when it is the title of book, that was published in 1944 in The Netherlands. That leaves you with questions. And they will never be answered. So, I just had to buy this little book. Not only because I am a convinced advocate of the Finnish style sauna, but maybe more so since this is such a peculiar book on a very un-Dutch topic in that era. 

Author Sjoerd Brandsma was a Dutch journalist who spent a number of years in Finland. It was there where he got acquainted with this country's landmark culture and learned about the physical and mental benefits of sweating it all out at 90 degrees. The professor he asked to write the foreword was a bit skeptical about the possibilities of how sauna would conquer the Low Countries, but I suppose the author could not be picky here.