The only Finns I’ve known through out my life, till I came here i.e., were Juha Kankkunen, Ari Vatanen, Tomi Makinen, Mika Hakinen, Kimi Raikkonen…….if you noticed, all these guys were phenomenal racing/rally drivers. This is what makes me curious. In a country of just 5 million, how is there is a concentration of so much of talent?
According to common beliefs and surveys, Finns are among the most polite, friendly and helpful people in Europe, although they are a little bit more introverted. Finns are very active people, both in production and consumption of everything that their country has to offer.
Finns are usually sparing with words, and don’t value small talk much; therefore, verbal promises are usually taken very seriously, and you should not be joking when telling a Finn something important.
Finnish people strive to be reliable, honest and dependable. Anyone with these characteristics will be held in high regard. They also believe firmly that each person is entitled to their own space and privacy. This can often appear unfriendly when first communicating with a Finn. However, once the ice is broken, they are open, friendly and warm. This I have personal experience of.
The way of life in Finland is relaxed and easy going. Finns are straight forward people – they will say what they mean. Unlike many western cultures, Finns do not experience any form of awkwardness if there is a silence during conversation. A Finn will not talk while someone else is speaking. He or she will only respond after the other person has had their say.
Business etiquette in Finland is formal. There is hardly any small talk because Finns like to get straight to the point.
According to a Finnish friend of mine, there are 3 types of Finns…
1. Finns who are Sober.
2. Finns who are Drunk and Smiling.
3. Finns who are drunk and beating somebody.
Although, he says, the number 3 variety is reducing slowly.
Most Typical Finns love Nature, love Silence and love being alone as well.