Wild Nordics

Adventures, Passions, and Surviving Finland

Posts by: andrew

The Cars of my Yesteryears – Fond memories of the Machines that got me around

By on 01/10/2017

Datsun 120Y 1975 model My first memory of a car comes from the white canvas roofed orange Datsun owned and operated by none other than my mother. She took a small loan from her father and bought it new. The car came at a discount due to minor hail damage. There was nothing fancy about the […]

Importing cars to Finland – Vintage or Electric the secret to paying less tax

By on 23/09/2017

If there is one thing the little nation of Finland can promise you other than cold weather, its tax. Vehicle tax is a lucrative revenue stream for the government generating around 2 billion euro a year. In an effort to save money and find a wider selection, many Finns turn to neighboring countries, most notably […]

How to not leave stuff behind when traveling

By on 28/07/2017

Forgetting your stuff in hotel rooms while on the road can be annoying and costly. The problem becomes even more complicated when traveling with children or a forgetful spouse. With a few simple rules that everybody follows the problem can be avoided. 1. It’s not your home so don’t spread your stuff out Wherever you […]

8 Tips to NOT suck at Dating

By on 19/02/2017

Have you ever wondered why some people are more successful at dating while others remain clueless on how to succeed? While good looks may help it is also as much a skill that can be learned as what you were born with.  Below are 8 tips that improve your chances and make you more attractive to the opposite […]

Love is not always where you expect to find it

By on 19/02/2017

Hollywood has painted the picture in our minds that we must feel love at first sight or romance is doomed. Passion and lust drive our selections and little time is set aside to dig deeper. We hold fast to rigid ideas of relationship criteria and quickly write people off who do not fit preconceived notions. We close our eyes to a […]

Practical Advice on Divorce and Child Arrangements in Finland

By on 07/01/2017

  Like many foreigners in Finland I had the opportunity to try out the Divorce process. For the most part it went pretty well but there is some insight that can be shared from what I gleaned along the way. If you have made a decision to get a Divorce in Finland the way forward […]

Tips for dressing in the Nordic Winter

By on 28/12/2016

Coming from Australia where we wear shorts all year round you don’t really give much thought to a winter wardrobe. Over the last decade in an effort to survive I have learned a few tips from the locals. I hope these pointers help you stay warm and make the whole winter experience a tad more pleasurable. […]

The Woes and Wonders of Diesel in General Aviation

By on 28/12/2016

  The success of Austrian made Diamond Aircraft in using Diesel engine technology has taught us two things. Firstly that Diesel has a viable future in General Aviation, and secondly that the drive in Diesel development and use will most likely continue to come from Europe. Diesel has already been powering our Civil Aviation Aircraft since the early […]

Is the 2016 Honda CRF 250L a good bike for you?

By on 25/12/2016

When Honda released the CRF 250L back in 2013 the price tag alone ( €4,490) suggested the bike had been built to a tight budget. Aiming their sights on entry level riders, this bike provided a cheap-to-run and efficient commuter with some amount of off-road capability. Production in Thailand went some ways to meeting the […]