From Finland with Love. What is love in Finnish culture.. ?
Love is in the air, it’s everywhere. Just look around!
A happy story of an international marriage: They found their destiny at university. Sara came from Iran to study for a Master’s degree and Samuli came from another city in Finland to study a PhD program.
COMMON BEHAVIOR & STEREOTYPES
1) Finns don’t show their passion on public and don’t kiss.
In Belgium, for example, it’s common to greet a person with a kiss, in France – with two kisses. Several times I’ve experienced in Belgium how people have come to a large group of colleagues and friends who’ve been dining in a canteen and kissed everyone at the table.
2) Finnish ladies are told to be masculine, and there is no common rule for a man to be a gentlemen as such.
Finnish men explain as an example that women don’t let men to open doors to them because they take it offensive by thinking “Oh, you’re a poor girl, you can’t open a door by yourself.” which is in fact not true. At the same time, Finnish ladies give their arguments to men who are too much talkative after drinking alcohol. But as a matter of fact, it’s still very safe in Finland. And men can gently lift up ladies. =)
4) Naturally Finns belong to a protestant religion but the Church doesn’t play a big role in the society nowadays. Also some Finnish women have family and kids at a young age (about 19-20) but now the average age is 28-30.
5) Finnish men are cute and shy, they also like to speak about themselves in that manner (or maybe it’s an excuse to be passive? 😉
In Finnish, Valentine’s Day =”Ystävänpäivä”, which means the day of friends 🙂 Ystävä=Friend. So greet your friends and have a nice celebration of this day!