FSD3394 Finnish Experiences and Memories of Interrail 2018

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  • Manka, Mikko (Tampere University)
  • Finnish Literature Society. Archive


culture, railway travel, tourism, travel


This dataset consists of 28 texts on Finnish experiences and memories of travelling with the Interrail pass between the 1970s and the present. The Interrail pass is a rail pass that allows unlimited rail travel in 33 countries in Europe for European residents. The data were collected in collaboration between researcher Mikko Manka and the Finnish Literature Society (SKS) in 2018.

In the invitation to write, the respondents were asked to describe the preparations for their journey, feelings they had had during and after travelling, and the experiences and memories they had regarding, for example, the accommodations they had stayed at and the people they had met during their travels. Additionally, the respondents were asked to discuss what they had learned from Interrailing, what their travels meant to them now and how they had seen Finland and Europe at the time of their travels.

Some respondents sent pictures from their travels along with the writings, and 19 pictures were archived at FSD.

Background information included the respondent's name or pseudonym, occupation, date of birth, area of residence and gender. The data were organised into an easy to use HTML version at FSD.

The dataset is only available in Finnish.

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