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

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  389 ratings  ·  71 reviews
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 (first published January 2018)
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Heidi The Hippie Reader
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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 don
David 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
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Ma sain tänu sellele raamatule kinnitust, et ma ajan elus õiget asja. Hygge & lagom on küll kenad, aaaaaagaaaaa... :D
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.
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.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Pleasant yet overly padded, much like a couch on which one could get päntsdrunk.
Teija Lento
Aina joskus tulee hetkiä, jolloin hygge ja lagom eivät vaan riitä vaan tarvitaan kalsarikänni!
Nyt kyllä unohdetaan sisusta jauhaminen ulkomaalaisille. 2000-luvun paras suomalaisia ja suomalaisuutta kuvaava käsite on kalsarikänni. Lähes jokainen suomalainen tunnistaa termin ja ymmärtää se syvimmän sisällön. Ei kirja suomalaiselle lukijalle annakaan mitään uutta. Toki kirja on äärimmäisen viihdyttävästi kirjoitettu, mutta sen suurin ansio lienee sen kansainvälisissä meriiteissä. Kalsarikänni (laus
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ihan hauska idea tehdä parodiaa hygge- ja lagom-opuksista, mutta toteutus ei naurattanut. Ehkä en tunne niin hyvin good life meets national brand -skeneä, että olisin oikea ihminen arvostelemaan satiirin osuvuutta, mutta aika laiskalta tuntui, että "tutkimustulokset" ovat kirjoittajan fb-kamujen heittoja. Ja alkoholismille nauramisen muodot on aika haastava laji, siksi olisin ehkä itse vältellyt sitä lähestymistapaa kokonaan. Kiinnostavin osuus oli kielen ja kalsarikänni-sanan muutosta ja merkit ...more
Hanna Morre
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Viihdyttävä, hilpeä opus. Lähdin kuuntelemaan (äänikirja) tätä huumorimielellä ja se oli minusta oikea lähestymistapa. Mikään vakavasti otettava TIETOkirja tämä ei ole. Tervetullut opus suomalaiseen alkoholikeskusteluun, jossa alkoholia herkästi myös demonisoidaan.
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. 👎
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 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!
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 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.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kuten loppusanoissa todetaan, oli teos alkujaan suunniteltu lyhyeksi humoristiseksi oppaaksi ja sellaisena se varmaan olisi toiminutkin. Kirja muodossa (vaikka onkin lyhyt) kirja tuntui jatkuvasti jaarittelulta. Siinä oli muutama hyvä idea, mutta Miska Rantanen ei todellakaan osannut kirjoittaa niistä kokonaista kirjaa.
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.
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
Nicole Westen
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Being Scandinavian and a quarter Finnish myself, I loved this book very much. Kalsarikanni, or pantsdrunk as it's translated, is all about relaxing without socio-cultural inhibitions. Alcohol helps this. As an Aspie also, I'm actually eager to try this, since it's a type of relaxation that doesn't involve any kind of excessive socialization, it stresses being yourself, involves comfortable clothes that have nothing to do with fashion, and above all, it's about doing nothing. Which is something I ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
The book is UNADULTERATED DUNG. First, get home from a hard days work, change into comfortable clothes and get a large amount of alcohol and some savoury snacks. Next, light your fireplace and start drinking. After reaching cruising altitude of blood alcohol, start babbling into voice recognition software and in under 2 hours, if sufficiently intoxicated, you will have created a “book” at least this quality . No editing is necessary. If embarrassment is no issue, self-publish your work on Amazon ...more
Sean Kottke
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This is a wry satire of the trendy Nordic lifestyle books on hygge and lagom, but it goes beyond simple parody. In fact, HarperCollins doesn't classify it as humor; rather, the back cover carries the shelving identification of "SELF-HELP/Personal Growth/Happiness." That's delightful, as the book surveys the other side of the Finnish lifestyle coin from sisu, which heretofore got most of the press as the defining concept of Finland (see Finnish Lessons, The Almost Nearly Perfect People). The joyf ...more
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really interesting book, and it was good to hear that my regular Friday night antics are actually a real “thing” that is considered a road to mindfulness. There’s a lot in this that makes a lot of sense and I felt at many points that I sat and thought about why I do what I do to relax, I could’ve got the material to write this book. It was really interesting hearing the history and how it’s become a part of the Finnish culture. I’ve read a couple of books about the Danes and their hyg ...more
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
A beautiful and weird little book that I found oddly comforting. It’s partly a satire on the deluge of “psycho-spiritual heritage” books (lagom, hygge, ikigai, etc), and partly serious. Mostly though it’s a vehicle for statistics about Finland. It is gorgeously designed, and though the content is rather thin, the novelty of having a word for solitary drinking as a means of relaxation is enough to carry the rest of it.

For some, this concept will help ease the shame of “drinking alone” (gasp!). F
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Kalsarikännit. Aika paljon oli saatu kirjoitettua aiheesta ja niin houkuttavasti että tuntui että pitäisi varmaan vetäistä pienet sievät. Mutta mä en käytä alkoholia ja onneksi tuolla lopussa olikin next level kalsarikännit jotka voi vetää ilman alkoholiakin - eli mä siirryn suoraan toiselle levelille :D
Kalsarikännien serkkua, pussikaljaa on tullut kokeiltua nuorempana, se oli hienoa aikaa. Mutta alkoholi-intoleranssi kyllä rajoittaa kaikenlaista kaljoittelua. Onneksi voi nollata ja rentoutua m
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book works with Sarah Knights "You Do You" and gives you suggestions on how to simply take better care of yourself and to relax in the most effective, authentic way possible that allows you to refuel to get the most of life and get shit done. BRAVO!!!! - I laughed, learned, cried tears of joy and loved how so intelligently the infographics & purposeful each piece of writing was- you are amazing! God bless you, your future possible kids, your future possible pet cat ... and more!!! Give ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: huumor, non-fiction
Veider raamat.

Äsja nägin arvustust Postimehes ja siis silmasin seda raamatut oma voodi peal. Lugesin ühe hingetõmbega läbi - no tõsiselt, ei läinud vist kahte tundigi nende ligi 200 lk peale. Nii et järelikult ladus.

Aga teisest küljest - vats da point? Tõesti, kellele see raamat peaks olema mõeldud? Lihtsalt soome kultuuri promo? Kellele see vajalik on (peale asjaga seotud soomlaste)?

Kõige positiivsem mõte raamatust oli ilmselt see, et kalsarikännit saab teha ka ilma alkoholita. Mh, ma teen/te
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
The Danes have hygge. The Swedes have lagom. And, now the world knows that the Finns have “kalsariokanni” – pantsdrunk – drinking alone, at home, in your underwear. This book was funny – though not laugh out loud funny as I thought it would be. One thing I learned: the Finns were the first country (maybe still the only one) to create a set of emojis that reflect the Finnish culture. And, of course, there are both male & female emojis for pantsdrunk. Also, I love that kindle has this book lis ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Finland. Now there's a country with its head on straight.

Feelin' a lil' "up to here" with daily life? Relax. Have a couple drinks. Eat those calories society henpecks you about. Do something a little silly.

A cultural notion in semi-jest, but without a whole lot of meat to it serves up just enough context for this psalter sized reader. Lovely design. Opulent paper quality. Shockingly, a true blue hardcase bound book! Fine graphics.

Pantsdrunk, for a better daily life. Puritans, Stuffed Shirts, and
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Päntsdrunk can be read in one sitting, which is helpful if you don’t like reading. It’s filled with infographics and large print so hurry up and get started. It just explains the fun in sitting at home after a busy day with a bottle of wine and a good book to read (or a tv series to binge on). Divided into different sections and examples of how to properly do it. Apparently it takes significant trial and error to find what works best for you. We’ve all done this in the Western world. It seems th ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up from my local library, not really knowing what or was about. For some reason I thought it was some humorous self-help parody. It is not
It's is a well composed insight in a Finnish way of life. Pantsdrunk was enjoying, and even inspiring, with well thought out information. I very rarely drink, but the next time I do, I am thinking of enjoying a nice, relaxing Pantsdrunk session.
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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.