Finns and their Glass of Milk – Drink more Milk!
I like milk, sometimes I have a glass of milk for breakfast, or when I feel like eating cookies or chocolate, or sure for cereals… I love myself a glass of milk with it. I don’t know if anyone else does this, but I like to put a piece of dark chocolate in my mouth then drink a sip of milk, but keep it in the mouth while chewing on the chocolate 😉 It’s kind of like making “in situ kakao”. Maybe it’s weird but I always eat chocolate like this. The milk needs to be cold though.
Anyway, I got distracted… in Finland, it’s a bit different: Milk is life elixir, and an accepted refreshment drink for adults. When you go to the supermarket, you feel overwhelmed when you stand in front of the milk shelves… milk with fat, without fat, medium fat, little fat, medium-medium fat, lactose-free, with extra Vitamine D, and the same again for sour milk or buttermilk etc… and sure the 1000 types of milk alternatives… soy, almond, haver… milk made by little pink fairies (no, joking about the fairies… but I wouldn’t be surprised).
So what I learned here is that it’s totally normal that you drink a glass of milk with your lunch.
Lunch buffets are holy. You have lunch places everywhere, and usually it’s a quite nice deal for a decent price (if there is something you can call decent pricing in Finland): main dish of choice + salad bar + slide of bread + glass of water + glass of milk of your choice (yes, there are usually at least 4-5 types of milk to chose from).
Thus, people drink your milk. It’s good for you! 😉
Additional fun fact:
a lot of people in Finland are lactose-intolerant, I don’t know the exact percentage (I should look it up though…), but if I remember right, it’s something between 20-30% – maybe explains the awareness for all the different milk needs. I also learned that when you go to a party and bring a cake or any other food, better go for lactose-free – always.