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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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…
  4. 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.

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