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Päntsdrunk (Kalsarikänni): The Finnish Path to Relaxation (Drinking at Home, Alone, in Your Underwear)

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Danes have hygge.  Swedes have lagom.  But the Finns have the best - "kalsarikänni" or päntsdrunk – drinking at home, alone, in your underwear.

When it comes to happiness rankings, Finland always scores near the top.  Many Finnish phenomena set the bar high: the best education system, gender equality, a flourishing welfare state, sisu or bull-headed pluck.  Behind all of th
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Harper Design
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Heidi The Reader
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Päntsdrunk seemed fairly straight-forward to me. To keep your cool, occasionally you should take a page out of the Finnish playbook and put on your most comfy underwear, grab your favorite alcoholic beverage and chill out. But then Miska Rantanen had to write something to fill up the rest of the pages. There was quite a lot of filler material.

Päntsdrunk doesn't demand over-the-top arrangements. Affordability and democracy are its hallmarks. It's quick acting and suitable for all who have reached
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Pantsdrunk: Kalsarikanni: The Finnish Path to Relaxation by Miska Rantanen is a very peculiar little book. You kind of just get thrown into this thing that is pantsdrunk without really knowing what is going to happen.

Pantsdrunk is a Finnish relaxation technique (that I had never heard of), which to us here in the US is basically hanging out in your comfiest clothes or underwear and having a couple of drinks while listening to music, reading, or just hanging out. Pantsdrunk is usually
Dave Schaafsma
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
After all the books about Danish hygge, and Swedish lagom, we have this pretty funny book that is set up to appear to mirror all the seriousness of the books about the above. “The Finnish Path to Relaxation,” Miska Rantanen educates us, is to go home, get comfortably dressed, make several drinks for yourself, and get "kalsarikänni" translated as päntsdrunk.

We know Finns are happy; the best school system, gender equality. They stay calm and content in the face of any challenge. How they do it: Pä
Sep 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
The Finnish keep it real. Danish hygge is an Instagram worthy planned, pruned, and posed level of coziness. Kalsari (underwear) + känni (state of inebriation) is the Finnish version for the rest of us mere mortals. Just relax, have a drink, and maybe belt out some tunes!

Note: if you want this bit of fun use the kindle version. The book is cute but you need two hands to hold the blasted thing open.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Pleasant yet overly padded, much like a couch on which one could get päntsdrunk.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This moment’s “The Preppy Handbook”. A take off on Scandanavian living memes recently popular in books. This book was humorous in style but not in substance – I smiled at the title and at how the book was organized, but not so much at the actual content. (view spoiler) I listened on audio. Probably not the best choice for this book, given other reviews pointing out the positive aspects ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, especially since I enjoyed The Little Book of Hygge so much. There were a few interesting things to read about and I realize my husband and I do enjoy Kalsarkianni at least every few weeks, but overall it could have been shorter by half and had more information. Oh well.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: shelf-snatch, humor
A funny spoof of those annoying lifestyle books out there that promise if you adopt their method of doing something (organizing your house, name it) that you will be happier. A new you!

This is very dry satire - in fact, I imagine there are some people who won't realize that it's satire until the very end (or maybe not at all). A very quick, enjoyable read.

Now, if you'll excuse me, it's Wednesday. It's raining. It's time to get päntsdrunk.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far the best Nordic-life inspired book I've read! The art of Pantsdrunk is something I've been doing for years now, and I'm so glad it has an official name. This book was funny and marvelous. I will be recommending it to everyone, forever. ...more
Nate Hawthorne
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Basically this book allows you to get comfy, drink alone, and not feel guilty. Not sure how scientific it is, but Finns are notoriously happy. Easy read and visually pleasing. Now where's my beer. ...more
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
A fun book giving you ideas (and permission) to sit on the couch in your undies!
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was so fun. It's all about how to maximize your relaxation when you just want to stay home and watch TV in your underwear, calling itself a "precision strike into free time." It's all about maximizing your enjoyment, relieving stress and the pressure to be productive, and indulging in the things that actually sooth your soul and mind. The book itself is silly and indulgent and this makes me want to carve out time to get suitably pantsdrunk very, very soon. ...more
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
So freaking HILARIOUS!!!!!!
Katie Bliss
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Highly entertaining book about how to de-stress by having an adult beverage or two and vegging out with social media or the television and salty/sweet snacks from time to time. You'd think this would be pretty basic advice, but there IS a right and wrong way to do it, and there are people who don't do this, and they're basically missing out.

"The leitmotif of pantsdrunk is meaningful meaninglessness. When you start and end at zero, the tiniest achievement counts as a victory. Winning is easy, lo
Natalie Carbery
Päntsdrunk is one of the funniest self help books I've ever read. It is shameless and delightful. It is a philosophy that encourages "spontaneous bathing, belching, intent nose-picking, air guitar-playing, singing, leisurely masturbating, flatulating, talking to yourself, or screaming into a pillow" (page 31). That is the kind of realness that I wanted to be served. As wonder as it is to be told to exercise and journal everyday it is also wonderful to have the beauty in my disgusting habits prai ...more
Licia Bailey
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
There is no right way to get that R&R we all need. This is a beautifully illustrated, quirky, fun read to inspire your own version of päntsdrunk. For me alcohol isn't always necessary, no pants is very necessary, and I'm rarely alone - but it still works. ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Light fluff read, if you want a quick run down on the book you can watch the video with Greg Davies and Russell Howard which sums it up pretty well (note Greg and Russell are in their underwear and it's kind of awkward so might not be some people's cup of tea)
kris b.c.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
meh. a quick easy read about mindful relaxation. it's fun and unassuming but I'm glad I didn't pay for it. ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quick and easy read! Started reading at about 8pm and finished just after 1am (with a few breaks in there.) I was happy to learn about this Finnish Tradition!
Dave Parnin
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received this as a gift. I would have never picked it up but felt obligated to read it. I found zero value. 👎
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I honestly don't know if this is satire or not. On the one hand, extremely silly. On the other hand, a lifestyle I can believe in. ...more
Grace Acevedo
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This ended up being a more thoughtful read then I expected. Yes it’s about being home & enjoying a yummy adult beverage while being in pjs & wool sox (the latter part is strenuously stressed). But it’s also about being comfortable in your own skin & knowing when your body needs the down time. The Finns do know what they are talking about!
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, humor
"Mindfulness", but make it fancy.

Read like an overly long Refinery29 article. Managed to answer some of my internal snarky questions, but raised more.

Maybe something was lost in translation. Maybe I just don't understand the culture. Maybe this just wasn't for me.
A funny guide to Finnish style of relaxation. A tongue-in-cheek contrast to the more rules-based relaxation styles of swedish lagom and Danish hygge
Apr 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Very light, very cheeky, very silly!
Oct 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Wow, this book was definitely not for me.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I got this out at the library since I had read the little book of hygge I thought I would enjoy this. It’s a cute little book and I enjoyed the little tidbits of information I learned but overall the book was kind of bland and didn’t really engage or intrigue me much. It may work as a nice gift but overall I am glad I just got it out at the library.
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I am lucky to have made the self-discovery of pantsdrunk earlier in my life, the book just added a bit of legitimacy 😂 The book was fun.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
A breezy, entertaining book on the Finnish concept of "päntsdrunk", i.e. hanging out in a lazy state to get over life's stresses. I preferred The Little Book of Hygge, but then I'm a Virgo. Cute images. ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t planning on reading this book, but I saw it at the library while I was picking up another book and figured why not. It was worth a quick read! Initially I was skeptical because it seemed like this was just a Finnish attempt to hop on the hygge and lagom trend. But it is a real thing and I agree with Rantanen’s characterization that this is a more accessible form of relaxation for some people than hygge or lagom. It’s also a practice I feel like I’ve engaged in at times unknowingly. It i ...more
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Miska Rantanen is a Finnish journalist and author of nonfiction. He works for the largest Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and specializes in popular culture, politics and digital media.

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