Officially the Republic of Finland, Finland is a Nordic country that is a sovereign state in Northern Europe. The population of the country is 5.5 million, with the majority residing in the southern region. Finland was mainly agrarian until the 1950’s; after industrializing, the country quickly developed an advanced economy with a welfare state based on the Nordic model, which led to one of the highest per capita incomes worldwide. In 2015, Finland was ranked first in the World Human Capital and the Press Freedom Index.
As you seek a moniker for your new pal consider taking a look at Finland. The country offers plenty of possibilities when it comes to a name that fits your pooch.
Finland Dog Names in Pop Culture
A well-known canine face is that of the first dog of Finland, named Lennu. The dog of Finland’s president, Sauli Niinistö, is a Boston Terrier who accompanies his owner pretty much everywhere. It is said that Lennu has an amazing smile; apparently the pooch has even received a doggie proposal on Twitter. Lennu has been making headlines in Finland for some time and has even sat for interviews. His fame reached new heights, however, after reporter Kelly Weill of the Daily Best posted photos of him on Twitter. The tweet received more than 100,000 likes and over 38,000 shares. Lennu appears to always be smiling and looks great in his photos. So popular is the pooch that a café in central Helsinski, Café Esplanad, has designed a special cake in Lennu’s honor. As Niinistö campaigned for reelection in 2018, many of Lennu’s fans were disappointed that he did not play more of a role in his campaign.
Other well-known dogs in Finland are those of Finland’s premier dog sledding company, Hetta Huskies. Located in Finnish Lapland inside the Arctic Circle, their farm began operating in the winter of 2008-2009 and has become one of the top farms when it comes to dog health and welfare standards. The dogs that reside on the farm embark on sled-dog safaris that can take you to the northernmost reaches of Europe’s ancient boreal forest as well as the high plateaus of the Arctic tundra. The farm includes over 200 dogs, most of which are Alaskan Huskies, though there are also Siberian Huskies in residence and two primitive Siberian breeds; Taimurs and Nenet Laika crosses. Hetta Huskies website describes they efforts that they go through to take care of their dogs. As described, some dogs that are bred on the farm turn out to not be particularly interested in working as sled dogs. These dogs are then offered for adoption outside of the farm. This is also the case for retired sled dogs, as well as those with health issues. Each dog who is unable to work pulling the sleds is given the opportunity to find a family to enjoy life with. In addition to the opportunity to adopt one of these pups, visitors can also choose to sponsor a dog, ensuring that their needs are met as they live out his life comfortably.
Finland Dog Name Considerations
It can be a challenge when choosing a name for your new canine companion. There are an infinite number of names and really, for your pooch anything can be a name. So where do you even start? One way to go about finding the best name for your pup is to think of things that you enjoy, including places. Say that you have a place that has meaning to you. Whether you have lived in this place, visited, or hope to visit in the future, the place may have the answer to your question about you pal’s name. Once you have a particular place in mind, conduct an exploration. While you are exploring the place, make a list of potential names that come from it. For example, if you are exploring the country of Finland, you can consider the cities and towns, famous people from the country, and its rivers and lakes.
Once your list is complete, take a closer look at it. Cross off the names that you don’t really enjoy the sound of or that don’t seem like the best fit for your pet. Once you have narrowed down your choices, you can try them out on your dog and choose which you like best.
Looking to Finland for ideas will generate numerous options, one of which may be just the name you are looking for.