Get to know your Finnish
hosts
Identity
● Strong sense of national identity
● Finns don´t expect you to know a lot about
Finland
● Finns want to know you...
Religion
● Most Finns belong to the
Evangelical-Lutheran Church

● It is difficult to observe
differences between believer...
Conversing
● Finns are pretty recerved
and words are taken
seriously

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Finns rarely enter
into conversation
with a...
Mobile phones
● Finns use cellphones a lot
● In some places, like aeroplanes, hospitals
and theatres, phones must be turne...
Languages
● Finland is a bilingual country
● A Finn´s mother tongue is either Finnish,
Swedish or Saami
● English is widel...
Names and greeting
● When introducing themselves,
Finns will say their forename
followed by their surname
● Offical titles...
Eating and drinking
● Fnns have breakfast, lunch, dinner and
evening meal
● Coffee is drunk all day
● Finns drink alcohol ...
Time and seasons

● We have four seasons
● In winter we focus more on business and
school and summer is the time for holid...
Festivals
● Festivals celebrated in Finland: Christmas,
independence day, May day, Shrove
Tuesday, Midsummer and Easter
Summer cottages and
sauna
● Most Finns have their own
summer cottage where they
spend time in summer
● Almost everyone has...
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Hospitality rules in your countries – manners of conduct which are close to business etiquette

  1. 1. Get to know your Finnish hosts
  2. 2. Identity ● Strong sense of national identity ● Finns don´t expect you to know a lot about Finland ● Finns want to know your opinion about their country
  3. 3. Religion ● Most Finns belong to the Evangelical-Lutheran Church ● It is difficult to observe differences between believers and everyone else ● Christening, confirmation, wedding and funeral are the most visible religious parts in Finland ● There are female priests in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland
  4. 4. Conversing ● Finns are pretty recerved and words are taken seriously ● ● ● Finns rarely enter into conversation with a stranger Finns are not good at small talk When you get to know each other you can talk about anything
  5. 5. Mobile phones ● Finns use cellphones a lot ● In some places, like aeroplanes, hospitals and theatres, phones must be turned off.
  6. 6. Languages ● Finland is a bilingual country ● A Finn´s mother tongue is either Finnish, Swedish or Saami ● English is widely spoken in Finland
  7. 7. Names and greeting ● When introducing themselves, Finns will say their forename followed by their surname ● Offical titles are rarely mentioned when introducing ● When greeting, Finns shake hands and make eye contact ● Kisses and hugs are not common
  8. 8. Eating and drinking ● Fnns have breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening meal ● Coffee is drunk all day ● Finns drink alcohol pretty much. However, for example wine is usually drunk on formal meals ● The state controls alcohol selling and consuming (Alko)
  9. 9. Time and seasons ● We have four seasons ● In winter we focus more on business and school and summer is the time for holidays ● Finnish people are exact with time; being late is considered impolite
  10. 10. Festivals ● Festivals celebrated in Finland: Christmas, independence day, May day, Shrove Tuesday, Midsummer and Easter
  11. 11. Summer cottages and sauna ● Most Finns have their own summer cottage where they spend time in summer ● Almost everyone has a sauna in their home and it is used a few times a week

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