As a guy coming from South of France the first shock coming to Finland was the people, always nice, warm and eager to help you. Something I’ll remember for a long time, when I first met TAMK social counsellor in person, I asked her if it was possible for her to keep one of my luggage until I move in my apartment and she said yes in a blink of an eye, I had never seen that before and that’s one nice event among many others. I met a lot of great Finnish friends.
Another thing that surprised me was the nature, where I live, the trees are quite orange and brown because of the heat and there are not that many forests, but here, lakes, forests, green tree everywhere you go. It gives the impression to breath fresh air even when close to a road. No need to drive couple of hours to feel like you’ve travel, a 5min walk is enough to bring somewhere else.
Finally, Finland wouldn’t be Finland without the saunas. There are saunas in student housing and they’re almost always booked. Going to sauna in France and going to Sauna in Finland is quite different, Finnish people bring a beer or another drink inside and play games like Taxi bussi. Sauna feels definitely warmer in Finland.