In this Wikipedia article about marriage proposals, there is a note about Finland.

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They know of stories were a brave woman called the radio to do the whole ordeal live (he accepted) and more normal proposals (some accepted, some refused too… Finns showed their pride and their sisu and wanted to prove that you can eat very well in this Nordic Country.

In this spirit, the Finnish-born Restaurant Day was created.

All the photos in this post belong to the Official Flickr account of the Restaurant Day. House entrances, offices, a spot in a park, a rooftop… Whatever you know best: it’s the choice of the eventual chef, which is you. Can also be anything, whatever you want to bring to the table, and thus creativity can up your food sales.

The most notorious example of marriage proposal on this day was the one that Queen Victoria of England made to Prince Albert, which of course was accepted.

The main difference compared to the Finnish tradition is that, in case of refusal, nothing has to be bought for the woman. It would be interesting to know if it has happened to someone you know… In case of a cold “no”, was there a retribution in fabric to be paid?

As a final note, on February 29th of 1940, besides the customary marriage proposals, the date marked the beginning of the peace talks of the winter war. How do you imagine such a marriage proposal to play out?

Update: yesterday I spoke with several Finns and they all know stories of Finnish women proposing marriage on February 29th. for the Finnish people for saying that, after the United Kingdom, Finland was the place with the worst food in Europe.

Romantic relationships amongst Finns are something we already looked at from different perspectives.

For instance, we talked about the Winter Relationships – boyfriends or girlfriends that last only for the coldest months of the year -, and we’ve told you about the “Carrying the wife race” competition. Carlos, a reader and commenter of the blog that currently resides in Helsinki, told me by e-mail that last week he overhead some Finns talking about this custom.