Finland: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
Finland has historically been on the frontier between Westernand Eastern Europe, between the Swedish Empire and the RussianEmpire, and between the Catholic and later the Protestant WesternChurch and the Orthodox Eastern Church.Today it is an independent, modern Nordic Welfare State. It is aland of great natural beauty, and nature interacts with every facetof Finnish life. Finland has quickly come a long way from thepoverty that was common right up to the 1960s. It is one of thefastest-growing economies in the world, and is a changingsociety.The Finns can be melancholy, but they have a great sense ofhumor. Their music is often in the minor key, but they love todance, sing, and perform. They maintain a raft of traditions, fromname days to near-pagan rituals—but they are great innovators. Theyare survivors: if you were stranded on a desert island, your idealcompanion would be a Finn. Before you knew it, the sauna would beready, fishhooks positioned in the sea, a fire burning, and anyedible mushrooms and berries picked and prepared for eating.Culture Smart! Finland is an essential part of your travel kitwhether you are visiting for pleasure or for business. Throughlearning about the values and traditions that have shaped modernFinnish sensibilities, and the customs, culture, work, and sociallife of the Finnish today, each visitor can expect a much richerand more rewarding experience!