Finnish Sauna – level 3

23-12-2020 15:00

Finland’s sauna has been added to the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage. The entry was among the 35 from around the world that were added to the list in 2020.

According to UNESCO, the sauna has been a part of Finnish culture for thousands of years, with an estimated three million saunas in a country of 5.5 million people.

On average, a Finnish person takes at least one sauna per week. The sauna is an integral part of the life of the majority of Finnish people and it involves more than just bathing. In saunas, people cleanse their bodies and minds and they foster a sense of inner peace.

UNESCO also included the tradition of playing the hunting horn to the list, which was awarded jointly to Italy, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

Difficult words: intangible (something that has no physical presence and it can’t be touched), foster (to help something grow or develop), hunting horn (an instrument that is used to give signals during hunting).

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