This Finnish sauna was completed in 1997 when FinnFest USA held its
annual national celebration in Minot. Typically, a sauna consists of a
dressing room, wooden benches and a stove of hot, glowing stones
heating the room to 190 to 280 degrees.
Sprinkling water on the stones makes the sauna steamier. Some
bathers beat themselves with wet, leafy birch twigs to stimulate
circulation. Following a hot sauna, the bathers jump into the nearest
lake or swimming pool and the repeat the process. Saunas for men and
women are usually seperate.
Inviting guests for a sauna is as common as inviting them for a meal.
In America, saunas, always known to those of Finnish
descent, acquired much wider popularity when one was installed at the
1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, California. President John F.
Kennedy built one at the White House
Finland has 4,000,000 people and 5,000,000 private saunas!