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Karjalanpiirakka from Finland

Known as the happiest country in the world, Finland is a popular travel destination in the Nordic region. Perhaps one reason why the Finns are so happy is the local cuisine. Finnish food is simple, fresh, and includes plenty of local ingredients sourced from the forests and lakes in the country. Finland is also well known for their baking. Karjalanpiirakka, or rice pies, is a very popular pastry in Finland originally from the region of Karelia. The rye crust is traditionally filled with rice porridge and topped with egg butter. It is eaten in Finland for breakfast, as a snack, and even served at weddings. The korvapuusti, or cinnamon buns, are another fan favorite throughout the country. When you visit Finland, be sure to try salmiakki or salty licorice. While black licorice is not always a fan favorite in other parts of the world, this salty go-to snack is a must.

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