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 ormittens, scarves and woolly hats. Shoes should preferably be a size too big 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 chilly wind and rain is important. In early spring a padded jacket or woollen coat is adequate, together with trousers, winter footwear and mittens. As April turns into May, weather gets warmer gradually, and a spring-weight coat and walking shoes are likely to be enough for outerwear.
From June to August summer is usually in full swing and summer clothes, shorts and T-shirts are often the right choice. It is still recommended to bring a light jacket, long trousers and long-sleeved shirts, as the weather can be unpredictable and sometimes chilly. In the autumn the temperature begins to decrease. At that time protection against the wind and rain is important; a waterproof jacket, walking shoes and perhaps some lightweight cotton gloves are ideal.
In any case, it is good to be prepared for any kind of weather. Here you can never be completely sure whether it will rain or shine the next day, much less the whole year.
Lake Jyväsjärvi, photo: Tero Takalo-Eskola
University of Jyväskylä, photo: Tero Takalo-Eskola