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Everything you ever wanted to know about the Northwoods Finnish sauna tradition

Published 12/17/2010, Pine Journal

Do you know how to spot a Northlander of non-Finnish descent? Ask them for a word describing a room/building in which folks pour water on super-hot rocks so they can sit and sweat. If they pronounce the word sauna as “sow-na” (rather than “saw-na” or sah-na”) then they’re likely Finnish.

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