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."
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!'