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How to be Finn?

Being a Finn isn’t really that big of a deal. There really is only a couple of key principles that you should follow in order to be alike. Here are top seven things that I think differs me and people around me from foreigners:

  1. Respect of personal space.
    – If there is really no need to, leave at least 2 meters, one seat etc. distance between you and other people around you. Why you might ask? Well why not, we have much room to share in here.
  2. Valuation for studying and knowledge.
    – Although ignorance is bliss sometimes, for most of the times it really helps to know thing or two.
  3. Go straight to the point.
    – If you have something to say, say it. No need for that extra small talk every time you want to ask or say something. Makes things more easier and you save time for you and for others.
  4. Silence ain’t that bad always.
    – Just relax. No need to be always speaking or making up that small talk for no reason. Silence is not too common nowadays anyways.
  5. Relaxing at Sauna.
    – You like hot tub right? Everybody likes hot tub. Well Sauna is pretty much the same, but much more hotter and relaxing. Try it couple of times and when you get used to the heat, you just can’t get enough of it. And don’t pay attention to the nudity and it won’t bother you.
  6. Anything you want to do, do it with “sisu”.
    – If there really is something you want to get done or accomplish, just do it with pride, give it all you got and do not give up. Finish the job, even if barely. Do that and you got what is called “sisu”.
  7. Be one as a nation.
    – If one succeeds, you also succeeds. Be proud of that, go brag with that succession to other nation people(especially to nearest neighbor nation(Sweden!)) and do not forget to go to the nearest central market right after.tori