Lahti is a hard-up Finnish business town located on the southern bank of Lake Vesijärvi, about 60 miles from Helsinki. It used to be known as the "Chicago of Finland"—not because it has a really busy airport or an amazing skyline, but because of all the crime and domestic violence. However, Lahti has a friendlier face too. Whether you're a local or a tourist, the end of a long night out always comes with a lihamuki—literally a "meat mug"—from a street grill and, if you're lucky enough, a black eye as a parting gift. Everyone's equal in Lahti.
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