They’re taking you to some fancy place with metal forks and cloth napkins.You borrowed your roommate’s jacket, but you’re a little nervous you might do the wrong thing. All these questions and more will be answered in our exclusive, one-of-a-kind insider’s guide: You are about to enter an exclusive inner circle.Indeed, there are very few other culture-specific considerations that visitors need be aware of.
There is very little chance of a visitor committing fundamental social gaffes or breaches of etiquette that would fatally damage relations between himself and his hosts.
As the Chinese proverb puts it, “Your speech should be better than silence, if it is not, be silent.”Finns have a very strong sense of national identity.
This is rooted in the country’s history – particularly its honourable wartime achievements and significant sporting merits – and is today nurtured by pride in Finland’s high-tech expertise.
Such breaches are viewed by Finns with equanimity if committed by their own countrymen and with understanding or amusement if committed by foreigners.
Codes of behaviour are fairly relaxed, and reputations – good or bad – are built up over time as the result of personal actions rather than conforming to norms or standards.