In Finland, on every Thursday, almost 99% of all cafeterias in factories, offices, army garrisons, etc. serve pea soup and pancakes as one meal of the day.

It's been like this for many years, and probably will be for eternity.

I myself have nothing against this custom, but I've been fascinated for some time by the way pea soup controls Finnish life. People expect it; "Yes, it's Thursday - pea soup day". Would the entire country come to a halt if they didn't get their pea soup every Thursday?

Update: zakalwe told me that a similar course of behaviour is visible in Sweden. I guess we're closer to each other as than we want to admit! :-)

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