Sunday, October 11, 2009

Own country strawberry, other country blueberry

Oma maa mansikka, muu maa mustikka


Own land strawberry, other land blueberry

Maa means both land and country in Finnish.
The original saying comes from farmers back in the day. They marked the land they owned by growing strawberries in the middle. If there where blueberries growing in the land it meant it wasn’t anybody’s in particular because blueberries grow in the wild.

Nowadays it is used as an expression when something is thought to be better in Finland than in other countries or when you say you’re happy to live right here.

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