Most weird Finnish sports are stupid and ridiculous. For example, wife carrying and throwing rubber boots across field. I’ve heard that sometimes they throw even mobile phones. There’s really no sense in these activities. In my opinion it’s waste of good time.
Some of these sports are bad for the competitors who participate in them. That’s because the winner gets, for example , beer as a prize. In wife carrying competition the winner gets as much beer as the woman weights. And that’s quite amount of beer. I think this encouranges alcoholism. This is bad in country where alcoholism is quite big problem.
These weird sports also make people abroad think Finns are stupid and weird people. Is that the kind of picture we want to give ourselves. Well, I don’t think so. Foreigners come to Finland in hope to see happy, funny, energetic and hilarious people as they think the Finns would be. But reality is something completely different, Finns are boring, lazy, unsocial and depressing. Formerly and maybe still nowadays Finland is known as land of high-technology, like Nokia and such things. But what if we take a look to the future, what people all around the world will think first when someone mentions Finland. It might be something like this: “Oh, Finland, that little country up north. There lives very crazy peolpe, they just throw rubber boots and carry their wives all the time”. I hope it will never come to this.
Finns should concentrate their spare energy and free time to something little more productive. Like playing football or hockey.
Wife carrying is sport where man carries woman through obstacle course. The sport was invented in Sonkajärvi, Finland about 16 years ago. It was intended to be a joke but it formed to “real” sport. Rules are simple, man carries woman through the course and try not to drop her because every drop gives them 15 second time penalty. Woman must weight atleast 49 kilos. Fastest couple to finish the course wins competition and the prize which is always the same, the woman’s weight in beer. The wife carrying world championships are organized every year in Sonkajärvi. Wife carrying tournaments are also organized in the other countries like U.S and Australia. Winner of those tournaments go to Finland to participate in the championship competition.
Source: Article about Wife carrying published on the Time magazine