Hey hey! :D So here's some of the many foods that are considered iconic cultural delicacies in Finland that may seem odd to the visitors~!
korvapuusti is a type of cinnamon bun that literally translates as "a slap on the ear", as the buns are apparently shaped like an ear. :D
Next, these slightly sketchy looking pastries are really YUM. It's often called riisipiirakka or karjalanpiirakka, piirakka = pie / pastry, riisi = rice, Karjala = Kariela. Slather it with butter and warm it up, then nomnom!! Some people add egg butter on it or something, but that is ew ew stuff...
Then, a squeaky cheese everyone else seems to love but I don't get it... leipäjuusto, leipä = bread, juusto = cheese. It's apparently eaten with some jam, like cloudberry jam, and I've seen people dip it into their coffee.... *shudders*
Different versions of potatoes are enjoyed often, too, with stews and sauces like nakkikastike (wiener sauce), and meatballs = lihapullat. Mashed potatoes with sautéed reindeer (and lingonberry jam) is nom nom!
Fish is also included in many dishes, like lohikeitto (salmon soup), paistetut muikut (baked vendaces), and smoked salmon.
Peasoup, hernekeitto, is also quite popular. In fact, Thursdays are dedicated to eating hernekeitto - and some pannukakku for dessert! Literally, pannukakku means 'pancake', but since it's made in the oven I usually nowadays call it ovencake when speaking to English speakers. :P The picture is not too enticing looking, but with strawberry jam this stuff is HEAVENLY.
It's basically just flour, sugar, and butter.... Hahaha.
Different types of bread also are often offered for meals, ranging from wheat and oat to rye bread. Toasted rye bread with edam cheese on top is amazing. Add to that fresh cucumber, too, and it's even better! There is also this yum bread called rieska, a thin unleavened bread made from barley or oat, and traditionally it's considered to be more of a Lapland thing.
Casseroles are also popular, such as potato casserole (perunalaatikko), liver casserole (maksalaatikko, or just maksis for short), and swede / rutabaga (lanttulaatikko). Some of these are considered traditional Christmas foods, though.
Some other cultural delicacies involve lakritsi (licorice) and salmiakki (salmiac / salty licorice), but especially salmiakki I'll deal with the next post where I'll showcase some of the foods I personally think people should be warned about to avoid... ahahah.
There are probably many that I'm forgetting about from this list right now, and some I'll introduce in the later posts this month. :P
Anyways, hopefully this gives you some idea what gets eaten around here! XD
Oh yeah! I want to mention this here right now, even though it's not really a traditional food per se. Finns also like to eat what we call tortillat. Now, I've been told by Americans that to call them that is wrong, that tortilla is just the flat bread and burrito is when it's filled with whatever you want in there. But to say to another Finn "Let's have a tortilla night!" makes more sense and they know to buy more than just the flat breads! My own favorite fillings are some cheese, chicken, cucumber, and tomato, but everyone else seems to prefer minced meat instead of chicken...
....Writing this post is making me hungry... and now I wish I had stuff to have some tortillat... Damn!