The term Finnish Sauna is rather interesting as in most cases the only real or original "sauna" comes from Finland and is of course a Finnish sauna. Therefore a "Finnish Sauna" can also simply be called a sauna. With the advent of infrared saunas, Finnish saunas have come to represent more traditional sauna styles, which use wood, gas, or electricity for heating.
A History of the Finnish sauna
As you may have assumed by the name, Finnish saunas originated in the country of Finland. The date of the first sauna is not known as a definition for a sauna has not been universally accepted. Does a heated room count, or is it necessary to pour water onto heated rocks to create steam. The original finnish saunas were very similar to the North American indians sweat lodge. Finnish saunas were originally used to bathe, and were heated by a smoke heater. A smoke heater is basically a fireplace that does not use a chimney. The original finnish saunas had holes in the roof for the smoke to escape from. This hole was important, and the design of the saunas often hinged around it.
The popularity of the finnish sauna
For a country with a population of approximately 5 million people, it is astounding that there are approximately 2 million finnish saunas in Finland. 1.2 million of these are in private homes, while the rest can be found in local pools, health spas, and other public locations.
The finnish sauna has been around for years and is considered by some to be the original and only true sauna.
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