Danes have hygge. Swedes have lagom. Finns have ‘kalsarikänni’ or pantsdrunk – drinking at home alone, in your underwear.
Author: Miska Rantanen
Finnish original: Kalsarikänni – suomalainen opas hyvään elämään
Publisher: S&S, February 2018
Genre: Nonfiction, lifestyle
Number of pages: c. 220 pp.
Reading material: Finnish original, English sample
Rights sold: Czech, Paseka; World English, HarperCollins (UK, Virago); Estonia, Post Factum | Eesti Meedia; Germany, Goldmann; Italy, Ad est dell’equatore; Korea, Dasan Books; Netherlands, Uitgeverij Q (World Dutch); Poland, Helion; Portuguese (Brazil), Letramento; Russia, Alpina; Spain, Zenith (World Spanish); Sweden, Lind & co.
When it comes to happiness rankings, Finland always scores near the top. Many Finnish phenomena set the bar high: the best education system in the world, gender equality, a flourishing welfare state, sisu or bull-headed pluck, and, of course, Darude’s ‘Sandstorm’.
Behind all these accomplishments lies a Finnish ability to stay calm, healthy and content in a riptide of endless tasks and temptations or simply when faced with work-related stress. The ability results from the practice of the ‘kalsarikänni’, pantsdrunk method.
Pantsdrunk is a path to solitary relaxation, recovery and self-empowerment to help you face your future challenges. The procedure is as follows:
Peel off your work uniform down to your underwear. Place savoury or sweet nibbles within reach, by bed or sofa, alongside remote control and devices to access social media. Open a bottle or can of alcoholic beverage.
The practice towards inner strength, higher quality of life and peace of mind has begun.
This book is your guide on the path to find wellness, bliss, and peace of mind the Finnish way, following the pantsdrunk method. By completing each concrete step and fully embracing the philosophy you can relieve anxiety, fatigue and pain. The method will lead you to live a healthier, more energising and relaxing life – wherever, whenever.
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