Dating culture in finland
On a recent school day, as I dug into a lunch of fish sticks and steamed potatoes at the teachers’ table in the cafeteria, I was joined by a Finnish colleague.We exchanged hellos (since, you know, we hadn’t yet greeted each other that day), and then ate our meals in complete silence.The other official language, Swedish, is spoken by around 6% of the population, most of whom live in the south west and are also speakers of Finnish.Sami is a minority language in Scandinavia that is spoken by around 2,000 people living in the north of Finland, which is 0.03% of the Finnish population.I found a spot on the top platform — along with another naked man.A few moments later, my American buddy timidly opened the door to the sauna and located a spot on the lowest bench, still gripping his towel as if his life (or manhood) depended on it.In Finland, I’m navigating across a different cultural landscape and I’m watching several of my American habits slip away.
Unfazed by my friend’s reluctance, I hung up my own towel and strolled into the sauna Finnish-style.
They had just finished critiquing one of my habits, and they could see that I was on the defensive. According to them, I’m too generous with my hellos.
I threw my hands up and snapped, “You’re accusing me of being too friendly? ” “Well, when I greet a colleague, I keep track,” she retorted, “so I don’t greet them again during the day! When I told them I would do my best to greet them just once every day, they told me not to change my ways. But the thing is, now that I’ve viewed myself from their perspective, I’m not sure I want to remain the same. And since moving to Finland two years ago, I’ve kicked a few bad American habits.1. I have yet to meet an American who doesn’t dread the awkward silence.
Four physiographic-biotic regions divide the country. An archipelagic belt embraces the southwestern coastal waters and the Åland Islands.
A narrow coastal plain of low relief and clay soils, historically the area of densest rural settlement and mixed farming production, extends between the Russian and Swedish borders.
Finnish, unlike Scandinavian languages, is not Germanic but in a class of its own.