Have you noticed a specific Finnish way of counting time and putting events in your calendar? It is quite widespread in Finland and hard to ignore!
Before I arrived to Finland, I’ve been always saying about future events like “I have one-week holidays in mid-April. I have two exams in the end of May.”
But in Finland you don’t say it that way. Instead, you may hear “I’m on holidays on the week 16. I have two exams on the week 22.” So does the whole school and business system work!
It sounds pretty different! And this is a great system to understand and organize own activities. All the academic year is divided to four periods just as the calendar year has four seasons. There are two periods (one and two) in a winter term and two periods (three and four) in a spring term.
There are also special weeks which are reserved for intensive studying, they are just before exam weeks or at the same time with exams. During these intensive weeks courses are not taught anymore. For example, in our school these weeks are 43 and 50 in 2014 and 9, 19, 20, 21 in the year 2015.
Everyone in the world can get to know which week is now by looking to the Western calendar and in Finland this natural flow of time is used as a main tool to agree upon a schedule!