Finnish People,Loud But Sincere
Finland is an easily accessible country to visit and enter.When I arrived for the very first time it was fairly obvious,to see on meeting Finnish People,that the Finnish customs and manners are clearly European, with only a few Regional and national variations, and attitudes are liberal. The Finnish People are a relaxed and understanding race of people;It is very difficult to commit any serious communal breaches.Finnish People will be more often amused than offended should a Foreigner stumble socially .The day to day Codes of behaviour are fairly relaxed, and reputations are built up over time,Sometimes years as a direct result of personal actions rather than conforming to norms;I have made many a strong and lasting friendship with Finnish people,through their Sauna culture . It is difficult in Finland to make or break a reputation with a single social blunder.
Finnish People & Identity
Finnish People have a strong sense of national identity. From my own Experiences nothing makes a Finn more happy than to share your knowledge of Finnish achievements in sports;(Lasse Viren, and Mikä Häkkinen) come to mind and History.They are rightly impressed should you know at least a smidgen of The Winter War,The honourable achievements and sacrifices the country and Peoples endured and how Finland gained its independence.
The other great achievement that all Finnish people are knowledgeable about is,how Finland has excelled in the field of High-Tech Industry and Research.Nokia is a fine example,along with Cruise ship construction.
Finnish People and Confidence
One thing that I became aware of at an early time was the other side of the Finnish national character: Finns can at times,especially when infused with alcohol,show signs of chronic insecurity about whether the wider world is aware of the achievements of this northern nation. Finnish people are voracious readers and they seem to love articles written from across the seas about Finns and Finland.
Don’T be surprised if you are asked repeatedly,”What do you think of Finland”,or “Do you know Sami Hyypiä(Liverpool Fc player).As I have said to my Finnish friends countless times “You know more about my countries sport than I do”
Finnish People place considerable weight on the spoken language.At first you may think that they are shy and retired.Part of this due to Finns looking for the right words to use – words are chosen carefully and for the purpose of delivering a message.The thing to note here,is Finns rather not speak at all,than speak rubbish or trivial chit-chat.
The crime in Finland is low,and honesty is to be found at all times,of course there will always be some bad apples where ever you are.When a Finn says he is your friend,it means more often than not he is your friend for life.That is the way of life with Finnish People