ErmiGerd! I May Be Finnish!

Finns are cool, pragmatic and undramatic. They do and say what they think is right and true, not what they think you think they ought to do and say. When they chill they chill the way they want to. Sometimes they Kalsarikänn – literally “drink at home alone and in your underwear.” Finnish writer Miska Rantanen has chosen Päntsdrunk as the anglicized word for it. He outlines the philosophy in his book titled: Pantsdrunk: Kalsarikanni: The Finnish Path to Relaxation.

Apparently Päntsdrunk is a philosophy and way of life that many Finns swear by. They’ve been doing it for ages. Sounds like a concept most of us sane people could get behind, no matter where in the world.

Päntsdrunk is not complicated: Be alone, drink alcohol and do whatever you please in the comfort of your home. That might mean binge-ing on Netflix, watching meaningless professional sport, staring mindlessly at the wall or your phone, blogging, thinking – or just getting some well-needed rest and recuperation. I’m guilty: Blogging indoors; or birding on the porch, accompanied by some cold white vino or some coolish box red is a favourite pastime.

It’s no surprise the Finns have come up with something like this. After all, they are one of the most relaxed nations with the least stressful educational systems.


Reminds me of this:

‘I’m not usually a tough guy, but when I’m alone in my underwear online . . ‘



  1. Jon Taylor says:

    The chilled Finns have to wear underwear to prevent frostbite. Here in Durban no such cladding is required.


    1. bewilderbeast says:

      Careful of chairs with holes, slats or cracks!


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