A Local’s Guide To Making the Most of Summer in Finland, the Land of the Midnight Sun
The people of Finland are repeatedly listed as the happiest in the world. And while the arctic winter wonderland beauty and fairy tale aesthetic no doubt has something to do with that in the winter, spend some time in Finland in the summer and you’ll really see why it’s so easy to be content here.
No one knows this as well as the locals. We caught up with Sakari Manninen, who brought one of his home country’s favorite beverages, long drink, to the United States with his brand The Finnish Long Drink that he cofounded with a group of friends. Made with gin, soda, and natural flavors, it’s the embodiment of easy summertime sipping. The original long drink was created during the 1952 Summer Olympic Games in Helsinki as a way to serve good drinks fast to the masses. Today, long drink is Finland’s top-selling liquor category.