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    The word ‘Sauna’ is Finnish having made into English
    language. Belarusians call Sauna Laznia. Laznia is a part of our
    culture. In our folklore we have a general character living in
    Laznia believed to splash hot water, throwing hot stones and knock on
    the wall. We have other beliefs about this character living in Laznia.

    Our Laznia is made of wood entirely.  We
    use birch branches to hit ourselves. Sometimes oak-branches. Russians
    call their saunas ‘banya’. Russians took banya design to a whole new
    level. Architects may get envious seeing the design of Russian
    banyas which cost more than a regular house on the same site and block of land. Sauna is a cultural thing in north-eastern Europe.

    like to know if Slavs in southern and western Slavia have sauna



    Nope. Banya is just bath(room) here.

    Boris V.
    Boris V.

    I’d just say it’s more of a “northern” (regional) thing than a ethnic one (Slavic or Finnic). 



    Balts and Swedes also have saunas. Probably Germans? I don’t know if sauna is part of their culture to the same extent as it is in Russia or Finland.  People go to sauna to socialise lol.



    This is not a typical Russian banya. It’s  stylish.




    Among South Slavs only rich people have sauna :D it’s not a “common” cultural thing, but rather a useless thing that only rich people would own. (+ gyms also have it)




    To build banya is not expensive. A simple one is made of two rooms. One is a dressing room – bed, table, drinks, towels, bunches of tree branches. And sauna itself with two level benches. The top one for who like hot conditions, the bottom one is bit cooler. Then you have a boiler with hot water and heated stones to get hot steam. Many people have summer residence houses – the ‘dacha’ Most summer residence houses have ‘banya’. But we have saunas in various complexes. Often, they are in swimming pools but can be separate.

    What surprised me is that regular Finland’s apartments include sauna. Just like we have shower and bath in apartments.



    I don’t know if it’s appropriate to ask, where women would be giving births to children in rural areas 100-150 years ago in southern Slavic countries? Here ‘banya’ was used. It’s warm with plenty of warm water away from the rest of family members.

    I think Latvians have a saying “banya is where life begins and ends”.



    I also want to say that video showing stylish banya above is not a typical one used as an advertisement . It’s either built for rich people or to attract tourists. Banya building is a business in Russia.



    One company in Minsk takes orders and sells saunas made from
    logs. The minimum price of a simple sauna is $250 USD for 1 cubic metre
    at company’s site. There are variations if you choose certain type of
    wood; ask to build the building on site, as well as other extra. How
    many cubic metres in a decent size building I don’t know.

    I think they are affordable. Company’s ad. In the end of the video some maybe houses rather than saunas.




    Estate with banya 9km from Minsk open to tourists known as Karelia.


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