Juhana Honkanen

Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

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  • Fluent in English, Finnish; learning Japanese, Russian, Swahili, Swedish
  • 32, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Translation, electronic music
  • University MA (translation), graduating soonish
  • From Helsinki, Finland
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About Me


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Hi! I'm Juhana. Since that's not the most convenient name to pronounce in English, I've also been called JJ, Jay, Johann, Jurgan, Yuhannah, John and so on, so pick one. Or make something up, that's what everyone else does.

The final A in "Juhana" sounds feminine to a lot of English speakers, but I'm still a guy. I like people who get over it early in the conversation.

I'm officially occupied as a Finnish-to-English translator and as a university student, but I also spend a lot of time around electronic music, and I tend to keep up about a few dozen small hobbies at the same time, thus knowing a little about a lot of things and never becoming a true master in anything.

When asked about my outlook on life, I truthfully list things like environmentalism, vegetarianism, atheism, polyamory, peace and love and such, which easily gets me labeled as a some sort of urban hippie. I like to dress all black though, which easily gets me labeled as some sort of angsty gothy scary person. Then again, my dayjob at the office makes me seem like a proper middle-class worker, and my computer hobbies make me seem kind of geeky. I'm outgoing one day and want to get away from people the next day. As a result, it's not immediately obvious which label I should be stamped with, which confuses some people and amuses me to a degree.

People keep telling me I have a sense of humour, but they're probably lying. Also, of all the people I've met, two have called me intelligent but they have really low standards and were drunk at the time.


Life is like a penis; sometimes it gets hard for no reason.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


When I get to go outside Finland, I try to avoid having absolutely everything planned out. And instead of, for example, reading travel guides and finding out what the top 5 local museums or restaurants are, for me it's much more enjoyable to just hang out with local people and do whatever everyday thing they like doing. That's my number 1 reason for liking CS.




Learning is fun, so I'm very easy to lure into trying out new things and I consume plenty of documentaries and TED talks. I'm a computer geek, so I attend demo parties, spend a lot of time all around the Internets and I play a lot of games. By "a lot" I mean I have for example around 2000 hours total in Steam games. (Yikes, Steam shouldn't just go and tell it to me like that, that's cruel.)

Electronic music and the guitar are also close to my heart; I've been composing for many years ( http://byproductmusic.net ) and like to go to electronic music events. Extra points if they're underground ones. I play live and DJ gigs when I get the chance, and help organise events every now and then.

I'm by no means an athlete but I try to stay somewhat in shape by wallclimbing and by preferring my bicycle and feet over cars. I'm environmentally and ethically conscious and try to set a good example but the rest of the world hasn't followed my example yet. Still kinda working on that. I'm also fascinated by realities and experiences beyond our everyday ones, so if one is speaking for example about lucid dreaming, enlightening mental experiences, mind-altering substances or the like, I'm listening attentively.

I'm also a bit of a dog person, as my parents have had dogs around longer than they've had me. 2 boxers and a dalmatian. Woof. (See, I can talk dog language.) Not a stranger with cats either.

Music, Movies, and Books


One Amazing Thing I’ve Done


Teach, Learn, Share


Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Russian Federation, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In


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