First thing that comes in mind when I think about Finnish people and our culture is humbleness and self-reliant temperament. On my personal experience Finnish people don’t like to ask for help, at least not directly. At the store when you are trying desperately to find some exact product, the worst-case scenario would be that you need to ask for help. We try anything and everything before relying on others even though in some cases it would definitely be the easiest way. On the other hand the “Finnish humbleness” comes out in a really good way too. Finns tend to be polite and not too braggy or arrogant. We give others credit on their achievements before talking about our own. We also appreciate personal space so we give it to other people too.
Thinking about Finland as a country the things that come in my mind are the lakes, forests and a white winter in all of its magical atmosphere. Nature in Finland isn’t only beautiful, clean, and versatile but it’s also very appreciated among Finns. The appreciation towards nature is shown for example in a Finnish cottage culture. People like to spend time in nature, swim in clean lakes and enjoy steams in a Sauna (which is the most Finnish thing there is). In addition to cottage culture Finns like to spend time in nature in general. There are own sports and activities for every four seasons so the weather doesn’t hold Finns back when it comes to spending time in nature.
Third thing that came in my mind and one thing that I felt really proud of when I thought about my home country is amazing health care and good situation in equality questions. Women’s status in Finland is so much better than in many other countries. There are always ways to be even better but I think Finland is going in a really good direction. Also I have to give a big credit to Finnish healthcare system which is really first class globally. Everyone gets treatment despite of their social status and the doctors are very highly educated.
When I think about Finnishness and Finnish people the first things that comes to my mind are honesty, safety, modesty, and equal value. Although I think that Finnish people loves the feeling of security and comfort, I also think that Finns are hard workers (at least most of them). Finns also are down to earth and enjoys their own company. Personal space is also an important thing for Finns.
Finland is a very clean country. The air, forests and lakes are well-managed. In Finland almost everyone recycles and takes responsibility for keeping the country clean. People values nature and nature is such a big deal for Finns. That’s probably why so many Finns have a cottage somewhere near nature far away from cities. Also In schools’ children are taught to value the Finnish nature and spend some time in the woods.
Something I’m very proud of in Finnishness is the equal value and human rights. Finland has taken big steps and made such a huge progress in human rights and people’s equality. It doesn’t matter what your gender is, everyone has the same rights, and everyone are allowed to do the same things. Finland is a safe country, and everyone is equal. That is something I really love about Finland.
Nature, sea, lakes, sauna, salty liquorice “salmiakki”, northern lights, coffee, rye bread, four seasons, korvapuusti, Karelian pie, cottages, safety.. What else, however so many things comes to my mind from the word finnishness.
Sauna, the basic finnish thing. Many people think that Finns are little bit shy people, but in sauna they really are not. In the sauna everybody is naked in a little hot room.
Trust is important for Finnish people. They appreciate also their personal place but they also like to chill out with their families and friends etc. Finland is ranked the worldst happiest country.
Finland is also a safe country. It doesn’t have many dangerous natural disaster and it is also a safe country to live in.
Finnish nature – what a beauty! We can be really happy about our amazing nature. We have so many lakes and Finland is full of forests. I love to be in the nature, to walk a long walk in the forest, be by the sea or just see beautiful citys. Many finnish people has, ”mökki”, a cottage , where they will spend their free time. We can be also happy, because we have four seasons; spring, summer, autumn and winter.
I have always struggled with the fact that I’m only Finnish and both of my parents are from Finland. I have felt that something is missing in me because I have the passion of different cultures and languages. When I was younger I was little a shamed even of my Finnishness and I thought that I will move out of Finland the minute I turn 18.
Still I stayed here and I have learned to love my Finnishness inside me. I have discovered that I can always learn about new cultures and see the world by traveling. Now days I like to tell the positive aspects of Finland rather than the negative which I did a lot in the past.
I have spend several periods aboard and home is Finland to me. I still want to move somewhere for few years but I want to built my family here in Finland. I think Finland is safe and great place for children and you can always travel to get new experiences. The Finnish weather is unique because we have all the seasons. Summer nights are something that I love and there’s no other than midnight sun that you can’t experience in many countries.
Finnishness means many things to me. The first thing that comes to my mind is the Finnish Independence Day on the 6th of December. All Finns gather to celebrate and honor the independence our grandparents fought for. I believe this day is the heart of all Finnishness.
The nature in Finland is clean and beautiful with its four seasons. I have been living in Northern Finland for my whole childhood before moving to Tampere. In winter it can get extremely cold and in summer the sun is shining around the clock. Finland is also known for its northern lights, which people around the world come to see.
Finns are described as quiet, calm and humble people, which is often true. At first, Finns are not very open people but when you get to know them better, they can be very friendly and easy going. It can take a little longer to get to know them but the friendships are strong and will most likely last for a lifetime. The easiest way to understand and make friends with Finns is to go to the sauna with them. Most people in Finland have their own sauna and this is a very important tradition for us.
Finland is one of the safest and most equal countries in the whole world. Also, the education and healthcare systems are top-notch. It is great to live in a free country where everyone has the same opportunities. I’m proud to be Finnish.
I have been living in Finland for almost ten years and I learned something very important that changed the way I used to think. As soon as I arrived, I observed that people trust each other more than in other countries I have been living in. And is because trust and honesty are very important in Finnish culture.
An example is the number of lost wallets getting back to their owner. I have experienced it by myself when an unknown person called my boyfriend telling him he had his wallet. That happened during Vappu. He didn’t realize he lost it. The lady called him and meet him in the park to give back the wallet during the night.
Other lost things are also given back to their owners. To do so is the normal behavior in the Finnish culture. In other cultures, as in my background culture, people keep the stuff or they just don’t care if the owner gets it back.
The rules are followed by most of the citizens and are very trustful to each other with no cheating intentions when they could do so. In my background culture, those circumstances where you could take advantage and you don’t do it, you are seen as an idiot. Even worst, people think they are very smart because they were able to cheat.
An example of this is the situation in a supermarket in Spain. If the cashier forgets to pass through the scanner an article, most probably the shopper would not tell anything to the cashier and will leave the place happily with a “present from the shop”. Besides in Finland, people who realize they did not pay an article, will go back to the cashier and inform her/him.
This is a behavior that made me think about Finnish society. In my opinion, compare with other countries, everything works better because everybody (or the majority) is involved in trust and honesty and not only thinking about his/her short-term Benefit. In the long term, everybody wins when we care about the whole system.
Hello. I’ve been given a task to write something on the topic of Finnishness, a task given to all students going on exchange. I think this task is a total waste of time, completely irrelevant and I haven’t got a clue why I’m supposed to do this while I could be spending this time learning the language of my destination country to learn more while I’m away on exchange. Well anyway…
I’m not Finnish, I came from abroad to study here and my observations of Finnishness will always be just observations. I don’t know what it means to be Finnish.
- Finnish people are quiet. They seem calm and collected. Until they start drinking that is… All hell breaks loose then 🙂 They almost can appear distant or not fond of speaking. But if you start conversing, it seems they are pretty down to earth, simple people. Maybe they just like to be alone and undisturbed.
- They don’t like foreigners. I’m not sure what’s up with that, but this is for sure. If you don’t know the language and if you don’t look like a finnish person, well, tough sh*te mate. I’m not saying the whole country is like this. I’m simply saying, don’t be surprised if you’re treated like an inferior. Because it seems like you are, in a lot of places I’ve been. Just saying what I’ve experienced.
- A lot of them are somehow… I don’t even know how to describe. Well, for example my buddy lost his wallet twice. One time he had a grand in cash in the wallet. Both times the wallet was returned to him either by police or by the person who found it himself. Untouched. Another example is that you can leave your bicycle unattended and not lock it, and chances are( if its not a super expensive one) you can come back after a week and it will be there still. There are sh*tty people all around the world, but it seems in Finland you can trust more people than in other places. Don’t take this for advice though…
- And lastly, I was left with an impression of tidiness. A lot of places I’ve been, things are orderly. A lot of people recycle, they don’t throw garbage all over the streets, the busses normally come on time to the bus stops, everyone tries to do their jobs properly, it all looks like an orderly society. At least it seemed so.
Well there you go.
Finland is the happiest country in the world for four years in a row by the United Nations World Happiness Report. We often hear foreigners as well as Finns being surprised by that. However happiness is not measured by how much people smile at stangers or make small talk with them. Happiness in Finland means having close friends and family and spending time with them. Happiness for us is having fresh water, free education and good healthcare system.
Finns are often described as shy and grave but we actually are nothing but. Sure, we usually aren´t that talkative with people we don’t know but when hanging out with close friends it´s a whole other situation. When travelling abroad it´s easy to get to know people but they rarely become your true friends. Whereas in Finland you really have to make an effort to make friends but when you do, the friendship is for life and they would even take a bullet for you.
Many people mention the nature when speaking of Finland and it was the first thing that came to my mind also. Finns love to spend time at their cottage in the lap of nature but they often also love to go to festivals and spend time among other people. In my hometown Helsinki and in my study town Tampere the restaurants and terraces are always full of people. Helsinki and Tampere are lively cities that have a lot to offer.
The most Finnish sentence by a survey made by Menaiset.fi is ”Ei minua varten tarvii keittää” which means ”No need to make (coffee) just for me” and that summarizes Finnishness perfectly. In that sentence come up Finns´ love for coffee and their modesty. Finns don’t know how to receive compliments or certainly not how to compliment theirselves. Finns´ greatest trait is definitely their honesty. Finns often take honesty for granted and are surprised when people abroad don’t always mean what they say. Finns´ honesty reflects also on the trust and respect in the authority. Especially during corona it´s became clear that Finns follow the rules even tho its not mandatory.
Finns are proud of their origin and get very excited when Finland is mentioned abroad. We are proud of our little Northern country with language like no other. We enjoy the little things like good weather and company of friends. We love to travel around the world but are always happy to return home. All in all Finns should acknowledge that the Happiest country in the world -title is right and be really proud of it.
Finland, country far away from everything. Minus thirty degrees cold, Santa Claus riding with reindeers and of course polar bears on the streets. Those are the things what I often hear when people talk about Finland. Now I will tell you few things about real Finland and Finnishness.
Lets talk about Finnish people first. Most of us are humble, quiet and pretty calm persons. We like to give space for each others and if you are thinking small talk with Fins, forget it! Example if you go in bus somewhere in Central Europe, you probably say hi or do little chat with the driver and to the person you are sitting next to. In Finland most of people say hi for the driver, but if you say everything more than that you are going to get weird eyes. And I think we should open little more. Take chat with people we don`t know and share some smiles. Other thing is own space. The rest of the world learned safety distance in about one and half year ago, but in here its old thing. Example in bus stop or markets cash desk you never go one or two meters closer for another person.
Should I tell something about Finnish culture? Well no problem, sauna, viina ja kirves. I think we have good taste humor about the dark sides of Finnishness, because pretty many things are stigmatizing. Like so many people in Finland think we have a big alcohol problem. I see it this way that we drink lot when we drink, but we spend less in overall picture. In Central Europe people take beer or wine almost everyday with dinner and lunch. In Finnish culture have of course own delicious tradition foods, like karelian pies and rye bread. At first time most of these foods are weird for foreign people, but everybody gonna love those after one taste!
After all Finland and Finnishness is a thing that you have experience and learn. Its unique, beautiful and little weird.
Things which comes to my mind first when thinking of Finnishness are sauna, nature, four seasons, coffee, strange sports and activities, cottage, lakes, northern lights, salt licorice, rye bread… I could just go on and on but instead of continuing I want to tell you interesting facts about some of these things.
Sauna. Sauna is definitely Finnish thing. We love saunas and almost everyone has sauna in their house. It’s a place where you can relax, have a couple of beer and talk about the purpose of life. There are also public saunas in Finland where people visit and spend time with friends.
Nature. Finland is known as the country of thousands lakes but that’s nowhere near the truth. Finland has more than 180 000 lakes, more than in any other country.
Four seasons. Finland has beautiful nature with its four seasons. We have 4 different seasons; summer, fall, winter and spring. When summer comes Finland offers round-the-clock sunshine.
Coffee. Finns drinks too much coffee. We drink approximately 10 kilograms coffee per person per year. It’s the most than anywhere else.
Different type of sports and activities. Finns have invented many strange and exotic sports. I think the most strange and funniest is Eukonkannon world championship. It is a sport that aims to carry a woman through an obstacle course as quickly as possible. There is also some other exotic world championship species such as mosquito hunting, boot throwing, air guitar playing and swamp football.
However, Finnishness means much more to me than the things mentioned above. I have lived in Finland my whole life and I love my country. There are many things we should be proud and thankful for. Things like safety, honesty, freedom and peace. There are times when it’s good to stop to think about things you value and are grateful for.