Today I will have a food related post, particularly I will introduce the difference between Russian and Finnish soups.
In Russia, soup is basically the main dish of the day, and it is served for lunch. If you have any space left in your stomach (which I doubt), you can continue with another dish. Russian soup is very fat and greasy, containing a lot of calories. Smatana/sour cream/French cream is added to it, which makes the dish even more filling. Soup is the food for men to get strength from. There are many jokes that a good wife must know how to cook excellent soup. Here on the picture, you can see ‘Borsh’ – a traditional Russian soup.
If soups in Russia are considered as filling food, Finnish soups, on the opposite, are rather light. They are very good as a small meal, like in Southern Europe, so you will need some other dishes as well. Soups in Finland are not that frequent in general, but you will still find them in almost any lunch place. The most popular soups in Finland are the pea soup, which is usually served on Thursday, and salmon soup, which you can see on the picture:
Either filling or not, soups are delicious. If you visit Finland or Russia, you should definitely taste a local soup!