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Post Finland's Tango Mania
Created by John Eipper on 03/18/19 12:22 PM

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Finland's Tango Mania (Leo Goldberger, USA, 03/18/19 12:22 pm)

Perhaps a little-known feature of Finland is the unexpected popularity of the Tango (see link for an upcoming tango festival there):


From my visits--albeit some years ago-- I recall large commercial dance halls in Helsinki where men lined up against the wall facing the array of women on the other side as dance partners that were chosen (first come, first served) at the sound of a whistle. The men were screened for alcoholic breath and required to dance at an arms length from their partner.

My Finnish psychiatrist-friend explained that this sort of potential "dating site" was the only venue in which a Finn might make contact in approaching the opposite sex--unless, of course, he had hit the bottle first. 

No doubt doing the tango would add to the overall happiness index, though the relatively high suicide rate in Finland is still quite troubling and might well be connected with the stress of loneliness and social contact issues that some Scandinavian psychiatrists have suggested as being quite prevalent in their respective countries--rather than simply the cold climate that has often been invoked as causal in some way. 

JE comments:  Suomi Tango, who would have thunk it?  The festival is in September, so there's still time to work on your steps.  I just learned that the host city, Tampere (pop. 240,000), is the largest non-coastal city in any of the Nordic nations.

So good to hear from you, Leo!

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