Sisu is not often used in other countries, but is very important to the Finns, as they feel that it is part of what makes them, them.
Heikki: 'Come on bro! You're a Fin! You've got Sisu, right?'
Niilo: 'I guess so! Finnish pride FTW!'
the word used to typify the Finnish spirit;
a concept that is at the heart of how all Finns view themselves;
a certain feature or value considered by Finns to be typically Finnish
- endurance, resilience, tenacity, determination, perseverance
- an inner reserve of diligence, capacity, the ability to face head-on and always overcome
- craziness: the recklessness that inspires a person to take on something in the face of incredible odds
- bravery, empowerment, inner strength
Sisu means that you finish what you start, you don’t quit in the middle of a job, and you don’t whine.
"It doesn’t take sisu to go to the North Pole; it takes sisu to stand at the door when the bear is on the other side."