"Local customs" Finland Local Custom Tip by FinElina

Finland Local Customs: 156 reviews and 110 photos

We Finns are a shy people and like to listen quietly what other people have to say before we respond. So the Anglo-Saxon style of interrupting or the Mediterranean, simultaneous, style of talking is considered incomprihensible here.
We seldom use the words "I'm sorry" or "Thank you", though we don't mean any bad. So it might seem rude but deep down we are friendly.

Finns love sauna and sauna bathing and when visiting a Finn don't be surprised if he/she asks you to go to sauna with him/her! It's damn hot to a foreigner but definitely an experience!

Finns don't usually kiss, hug or embrace their guests (at least not often) the way people do in Southern Europe, so it's better just say "hi", shake hands or hug if necessary when meeting (especially when meeting a person you don't know).

Because of the climate here, we spend a lot of time at our homes, i.e inside. Therefore we don't use shoes inside; instead we walk around in socks, slippers or with bare feet. This is also the routine when you go to other people's houses, usually including parties too. If you want to use for example high heels inside, take another pair of shoes with you (that are for inside use only).

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  • Updated Jun 13, 2007
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