Friday, November 28, 2008


This post is a bit delayed, because of the exams I had at the beginning of the week. But they're over now, so it's time to write!

As you might have guessed, this is another post about the weirdness of things Finnish. It has to do with locks (the mechanical kind, not the hairy kind). Take a look at this door knob (I'm sorry for the blurry image, it's still too early in the morning):

To lock this door, you would normally turn the lock clockwise, wouldn't you? I know I would. I'm basing all of this on my personal experience, so I might be wrong about this one. In all the countries I've been to until now, to lock a door, you have to turn the lock (or the key in the lock) clockwise if the knob is on the right, and counter-clockwise if the knob is on the left.

Here in Finland, this is inverted. Just watch:

It was actually a bit difficult getting used to, at first. It's the same with every lock I've seen in Finland so far. I thought it was the British who were supposed to be so uptight that they do everything the other way around (like driving on the wrong side of the road, and using imperial units instead of the metric system), but it seems they have competition. I'm gonna miss this strange country... Next time, Textbook Example of Gang-Rape and Mutilation.


dr. Vincze-Nagy AndrĂ¡s said...

Actually I think it is because of the position of the knob/lock. If the lock is on the right side of the door this happens. We have a same door, come by one of these days, and I'll show you how finnish we are :D

Viki Rosenzveig said...

Actually, it's because the lock is put in backwards. I've seen this thing happening here, regardless of the side the knob is on. And I know what you mean about having it inverted at home, I have one like that at my house too (but you can clearly see that it's upside down). However, here in Finland, most locks are like this, although I've found some which work regularly (to the Finns, that's probably inverted).

Dark_Guy said...

This is sooo tipical finnish door. hehe, guess where I am ;) In Oulu :D