Finnish cuisine is influenced by Russia in the east and Sweden in the west. There are a variety of dishes depending on the region. So, I think there are some differences in Christmas cuisine depending on the region.
My partner is from Oulu. Here I would like to introduce some of the Christmas dishes I have experienced in Northern Finland. I will add more as I go along, so don’t miss it!
Appetizers = Boxed Dishes
Famous items are potatoes, carrots, rutabaga, and liver.
Graavilohi – Gravlax
Christmas ham = Joulukinkku, which is synonymous with Christmas. From around October, large Christmas hams are sold in the frozen section of supermarkets. It is customary to buy a frozen one and bake it slowly at home. They are served with mustard = sinappi.