As a couple they are a curiosity: in the majority of cases, you see a Finnish woman with a Turkish man she met during a holiday in the south.Başak and Sami have not been discriminated against.
In Finland, everything else happens in an unhurried pace as well, from busses to queues at the local market.
On her part, Başak has given Sami the courage to act how he wants, despite other people’s opinions.
Sometimes she also accidentally comes up with new words that sound like Finnish. Sami, who works as a culture producer, cooks Turkish food better than he speaks the language, even though he has taken one course in Turkish.
Güzel kahverengi gözler, beautiful brown eyes, were some of Sami’s first words in Turkish.
“Shark” was the mysterious international Master’s degree student who would not reveal his home country to Finnish Satu.
Gradually, his new friends found out that the young student of medicine had arrived to Finland from Kurdistan, Iraq.A relationship can be helpful in the integration process, but it does not solve all problems.Ella Kiviniemi, text and photos Jenna Pikkarainen, translation The beginning of Başak Yavuz Blomberg and Sami Blomberg’s relationship was exciting.An Iraqi last name appeared on Satu’s letterbox this autumn.Satu and Shark have been dating for a year and a half.At home, they speak Finnish and occasionally also English.