Finnish dating customs
The future daughter-in-law might also stay for a week and help with the household work. and in the 17th century it could be silver goblets.
The spokesman presented the case in a traditional custom known throughout Scandinavia and Europe.
If they married against their parents' wishes, they could not expect a dowry or inheritance.
After 1864 a 21-year-old could marry anyone without consent.
Since 1911 girls have been allowed to marry at age 17.
Girls under the age of 20 weren't considered mature enough for marriage, but by age 25 a girl was looked upon as an old maid.
There were also various church holidays and festivals.