Finnish people love their privacy and are pretty much famous for it. Most Finns will go to extreme lengths before asking for help or to evade small talk with strangers. We are strong independent people whose DNA has been coded for the survival instinct and not depending on others. Although in the end we are still depending on other human contact to keep our mental health in order. It is easy to seclude oneself in Finland because of the harsh and rapidly changing weather conditions and that’s where friends and loved ones come to the picture. We Finns love to suffer in groups and share the pain because it makes it much easier to handle. Finnish people might be hard to approach but when you get through the hard surface it usually leads to a strong bond that lasts. We don’t need to keep contact with each other all the time to keep the friendship alive. Things continue right where we left them when we see each other even if it has been years since we last met our friends.
Finnish people know how to take everything out of certain situations for example the weather. When the cold winter hits we know how to get comfy in the safeness of our homes or we put on our Siberian conditions outerwear and go skiing or building a snow man etc. When summer comes we don’t waste a single ray of the sun and take all the light and warmth in with open arms. The weather may change drastically over the year but the people stay the same: we spend time with our friends having a beer or sweating in the sauna or even swimming in the icy waters. Seasons may change but we always know how to adapt.
One of my personal favorite is the Finnish straight forwardness. We don’t whitewash thing we give it to you straight. No time wasting small talk or futile white lies. If something is bothering us we are going to bring it up. There are very few taboos and we curry favor no one. You just got to love that straight forward attitude.