The story of summer cottage of the land of thousand lakes

Finland is famous for its forests and lakes as you may know that Finland is the land of thousands lakes, and Finns love to enjoy their natural treasures by taking Staycations. The Finns also value their privacy, so they wouldn’t dream of spending their summer holidays in a hotel. Instead, they have a big summer cottage culture at kesämökki.

There are around half a million summer cottages (mökki” in Finnish) in Finland and almost all Finns visit one at least once a year. The official statistic refers to traditional, basic cabins with a median size of about 40 square meters or less. As larger leisure homes don’t qualify, the actual number of cottages in Finland is likely much higher than 507,000.

Finns own a small summer house somewhere remote by a lake or the sea. Not only wealthy families, but virtually everyone who could get their hands on a piece of land somewhere built one and spent many weekends and summer holidays in perfect peace out in the Finnish forests.

“Spending time in mökki as I can say is like the way you get away from busy city life means leaving behind the stresses.”

It is safe to say that cottage life is something every Finn grows up with. Whether the residence is owned, borrowed or rented makes no difference. Being out there does. Cottage life in Finland is about appreciating the “art of doing nothing” – sitting on a jetty dipping your toes in the water beats staring at a computer screen any day of the week.

“Enjoy nature, walk in the forest, picking mushrooms and berries, relieve quietness, sauna”

There are many activities which you can do during stay in mökki with your family&friends and leave the mökki to city life with happiness.

Waiting for the next holidays is not bad if It’s for mökki.


Hi there! I'm Meiji. I was born in Thailand and spend the life time in Finland. My most favorite thing in Finland is the summer cabins (Mökki in Finnish). There you go! I would like to invite you to explore how Finns spend time in mökki.

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