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CultureShock! Finland

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CultureShock! Finland guides you on a fun-filled crash course on getting to know this rarely explored country. Find out why the Finns are so proud of their motherland and why others fall in love with it from their first visit. From cosmopolitan Helsinki to traditional Lapland, discover the gems of each region and be charmed by the magical winters and the long summer days. Be acquainted with the Finns and find out what lies behind their silence and the desire for personal space. Understand how environmental consciousness and gender equality play an important role in Finnish society and be initiated into the delights of the Finnish sauna. This book also covers a wide range of practical topics to enable you to settle in seamlessly, such as how to set up home, how to conduct business effectively and what leisure activities are available. CultureShock! Finland is the all-encompassing guide that will help you to find your way in Finland and make it your own.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Map of Finland
  9. Chapter 1 - First Impressions
    1. Tranquility and Conformity
    2. Mobile Phones
    3. Technology
    4. Cleanliness
    5. Customer Care
    6. Reverse Logic
    7. Traffic
    8. Daylight Hours
    9. First Impressions for a Finn
  10. Chapter 2 - Land, History, Economy and Government
    1. Finland: A Land For All Seasons
    2. Geography
    3. Climate
    4. History
    5. Finland Today
    6. Top of the Class
    7. The Economy
    8. Government, Politics and the Judiciary
    9. The Military
  11. Chapter 3 - The Finns
    1. Population
    2. Physical Characteristics
    3. Bilingualism
    4. The Finns
    5. Finnish Values
    6. Finnish Values in Action
    7. A Classless Society
    8. Personal Space
    9. Environmental Consciousness
    10. Religion
    11. Education
    12. The Woman’s Role
    13. Marriage, the Family and Divorce
    14. Finland’s First Woman President
  12. Chapter 4 - Socialising with the Finns
    1. Dress Code
    2. Clothing You Need
    3. Tolerance
    4. Scandal
    5. Alternative Lifestyles
    6. Silence
    7. Humour
    8. Flirting
    9. How to be a Good Guest
    10. Dancing
    11. Alcohol and Smoking
    12. What to do at a Sauna Party?
    13. Regional Differences
  13. Chapter 5 - Settling In
    1. Administrative Procedures to Enter and Live in Finland
    2. Finding A Home
    3. Inside a Finnish Home
    4. Getting a Telephone and Internet Line
    5. Domestic Help
    6. The Education System
    7. Medical Facilities and Health Information
    8. Provision for Religious Groups
    9. Transportation
    10. Traffic Safety and Road Conditions
    11. What You Can Import
    12. Shopping
  14. Chapter 6 - Food and Entertainment
    1. The Cuisine
    2. Lappish Food
    3. Typical Finnish Dishes
    4. Special Occasions
    5. Eating Out
    6. Dining Out with a Finn
    7. The Coffee Culture
    8. Cafés
    9. Restaurants
    10. Buying Food
  15. Chapter 7 - Enjoying the Culture
    1. Finnish Heros and Champions
    2. They Call This Sport
    3. Holidays
    4. Seeing Santa Claus
    5. Things To Do
    6. Travel
    7. Hotels and Lodgings
    8. The Regions
    9. The Towns
  16. Chapter 8 - The Language and the Literature
    1. The Language
    2. Learning the Language
    3. The Literature
    4. Finnish Folklore
    5. Finnish Sayings
  17. Chapter 9 - Working in Finland
    1. The Finnish Handshake
    2. Getting Down to Business
    3. Meetings and Appointments
    4. Negotiations
    5. Decisions and Actions
    6. Consensus
    7. Presentations
    8. Letter and Emails
    9. Customer Care
    10. Payment Terms
    11. Corruption
    12. Money and Banking
    13. Applying for a Work Permit
    14. Finding a Job
  18. Chapter 10 - Fast Facts
  19. Culture Quiz
  20. Do’s and Don’ts
  21. Glossary
  22. Resource Guide
  23. Further Reading
  24. About the Author
  25. Index