What first pops to mind when thinking about our Finnishness are typical stereotypes of Finnish people. They are quiet and shy people, they need their own space, etc. Although a lot of these stereotypes might be common features in Finnish people I don’t see it as a bad thing. I think it’s one of the things that makes Finnish people unique.
One on my favorite things about being a Finn is our honesty. We are straightforward with each other maybe even too honest sometimes. We speak what is on our mind. You rarely get cheated in Finland on deals or if you lose something most of the time it will be returned to you.
Small talk, etiquette and personal space
I’m glad that we don’t have the same kind of small talk like they do in other countries. Don’t get me wrong meeting new people and chatting with strangers is fun occasionally, but sometimes you just want to be alone and quiet. Talking about the weather gets a little bit boring after chatting about it for the 6th time that day. I don’t think that in Finland we take etiquette that seriously. For example, if you buying a coffee and you forget to say please or thank you to the clerk it isn’t that big of a deal. The clerk won’t give you an attitude about it. I believe that’s because Finns are taught to be respectful in a different way. We follow rules and societal norms. We show our respectfulness with our actions not with what comes out our mouth. Finnish people need their personal space where they feel comfortable. If someone were to approach a Finn in his one meter radius safe space unpleasant. They do have the same in other cultures as well, but I don’t think it’s that emphasized as it is in Finland.