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Finnishness

When I think about Finnishness the first things that comes to mind are the dark and cold winters, short (but really great) summers and the sauna which almost every Finn loves. There is a LOT of lakes and forest too, so nature is a big part of Finnishness in my opinion.

Many foreigners think that Finns are really quiet, shy and reserved people which is partly true for many Finnish people, but once you get close with them they are loyal and pretty outgoing people. Personally I really like Finland and the Finnish people. I have travelled to many countries and to me Finns are pretty straight forward and honest compared to many cultures, which I really enjoy.

Finnish people also have this proudness of being Finnish and I think it has a lot to do with the history and the small population. In my opinion Finnish people have many reasons to be proud because it is a really clean, safe and equal country.

Finnishness

What does Finnishness mean to me? I have been traveling around a few years in multiple countries and few things that I really appreciate in Finnish culture are trust and loyalty to each other and that I can proudly say I am Finn. Trust and loyalty appears to me in everyday basics I find that if somebody promises something to me it will happen or if I forget my personal stuff somewhere in the cafe, gym or bus, etc. I can be pretty sure that someone will return them.

I really appreciated that things work out in Finland and in my opinion, you really understand that when you live a moment somewhere else. Bureaucracy in offices, universities, or when doing business is efficient, for example, you get a quick response to your emails, calls, and questions. And talking about universities or education in Finland. I think that it’s cool that everyone in Finland has the same and equal rights to achieve their personal goals.

Finnishness

For me being a Finnish isn’t necessary being like everyone else or having as much common habits, straits, norms. Not all Finns consume a lot of alcohol, like to go to sauna, are quiet and moderate. In my opinion the topics given for this task are too stereotypical and more related to people who has actually been BORN in Finland.  In my opinion anyone who has Finland in his/her heart CAN BE A FINN. I do not believe there can be a prototype or mold of a Finn because we all have our own personalities and backgrounds. A person can be a Finn regardless of national identity, lifestyle,  cultural values, attitudes, rituals and customs and  free-time activities he/she emphasizes. Being a Finn for me is sharing the same love and respect which you receive as an individual from the country to those around you.

Finnishness

For me the first thing that came to my mind was boring. Finnish people like the feeling of being secured and don’t really set goals too high. We are happy with what we get, not what we want. I guess we are used to living in such a secured environment that our only problem is that we don’t have problems, so we make them from nothing.

Second thing that came to my mind was sauna. Sauna is very important for Finnish people. Sauna is the most interesting thing Finland has and it’s a hot room where you sit with naked people and keep your mouth shut, because we don’t like talking.