In Finland people dress according to the weather and time of year. In winter layering provides the best protection against the cold and wind, so good underwear is complemented by an intermediate layer and suitable outerwear. Warm intermediate clothing includes tights or long johns, a vest or long-sleeved shirt, as well as fleece or woollen garments. In terms of outerwear for winter padded jackets and trousers are popular, accompanied by winter shoes, gloves/mittens, scarves and bobble hats. Shoes should preferably be roomy so that they can be worn with woollen socks on really cold days to provide extra warmth.
Spring in Finland can also be chilly and there may still be snow on the ground in April. At that time an intermediate layer is no longer necessary, but protection against the wind and rain is however important. In early spring a padded jacket or woollen coat is adequate, together with trousers, winter footwear and mittens. In April-May it is time to modify one’s outerwear and opt for a spring-weight coat and walking shoes. In June and July summer is usually in full swing in Finland and summer clothes, shorts and T-shirts are the right choice. In the autumn the temperature begins to fall as the rainfall increases and the air turns damp. At that time protection against the wind and rain is important; a waterproof jacket, walking shoes and perhaps some lightweight cotton gloves are ideal.
Lake Jyväsjärvi, photo: Tero Takalo-Eskola
University of Jyväskylä, photo: Tero Takalo-Eskola