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Here are some useful cultural and practical insights into the Finnish culture.
Something to help you understand the Finnish lifestyle before your journey is under way.
Outdoor lifestyle, technological innovation and internet connectivity are big in Finland. This rare mix of nature and innovation makes Finnish lifestyle so intriguing. Combined with a safe, democratic environment and honest people it’s easy to understand why Finland is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live.
A Finnish friend is a friend for life. It may take a while in this generally introverted society. But once you have gained the trust and confidence you’ll find the warm and friendly side. So take your time and you’ll find it’s well worth the effort. Finns actually don’t take themselves too seriously, but they do appreciate things like a firm handshake before cheek kissing or a direct conversation instead of small talk.
Finland is a land of contrasts. Long, bright green summer nights and short, dark, white winter days are split by a colourful autumn and rejuvenating spring. Finns are proud of the variety of weather and they embrace it. Cross-country skiing, the northern lights, picking berries and mushrooms and a dip into one of the thousand lakes will be on the menu. And yes – a sauna will be involved no matter the weather.
Finland is one of the most well connected countries to Asia and the East with many direct flights to all the major capitals daily. It’s also easy to travel around inside Finland to experience the Finnish lakes, archipelago, countryside and Lapland with the one and only Santa Claus. Whether it is the Wife Carrying World Championships in Sonkajärvi or Suonenjoki Strawberry Carnival you wish to experience, there are trains, buses and planes to take you whenever you want to go! A train to Russia, boat trip to Estonia or Sweden is also another easy adventure to make. Finland is one of the most connected countries also in terms of internet and Wi-Fi.