Finland culture for children – Customs and Etiquette

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Customs and Etiquette

  • Men shake hands, while maintaining direct eye contact. Women will say hello or shake hands, while maintaining direct eye contact, but this is not a contact culture so there will be no kissing or over touching.
  • Expect Finnish people to be direct, but they are not trying to be rude. Listen intently, while interrupting is taken highly offensive, and considered rude.
  • When someone asks how you are doing, they would like a sincere response, not a quick and simple “fine, and you?”.
  •  Gender roles are fairly flexible.  It is not uncommon to have a stay-at-home dad and the working mother.
  • A shrug can show indifference, so do not shrug if you really care about an issue.
  • Punctuality is important so it is best to be on time.

 

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