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Finnish schol­ar Kaa­ri­na Kailo’s recent book Sauna — on the rich his­to­ry of women and saunas in her coun­try — remind­ed WINGS of this beau­ti­ful doc­u­men­tary, pro­vid­ed to WINGS by the now-defunct Euro­quest series from Radio Nether­lands. Dheera Sujan vis­its Fin­land and talks with women in all kinds of saunas. You real­ly feel your­self there, and get an idea of how saunas have adapt­ed to mod­ern liv­ing in Fin­land and yet remain a major source of social cohe­sion, espe­cial­ly among women — per­haps account­ing for the rel­a­tive­ly high sta­tus and achieve­ments of women in that coun­try. (Kaari­na’s Sauna book is cur­rent­ly only avail­able in Finnish, but her Eng­lish trans­la­tion will come out when she finds a publisher.)