Tip 11
Punctuality is important but less so than in Sweden.
Tip 12
Do not feel the need to speak during a meeting merely for the sake of saying something. Finns respect those who interject in a timely, succinct and appropriate way.
Tip 13
Being overly enthusiastic about a proposal can backfire on you. It is necessary to look at the possible downsides before succumbing to optimism.
Tip 14
Teams consist of groups of individuals who like to be given tangible tasks and then allowed to perform them with relatively little interference.
Tip 15
Silence is golden in Finland. Do not feel the need to fill every silence that occurs in a meeting.
Tip 16
Body language and feedback are limited and difficult to read. Do not be too disheartened if your presentation does not meet with the rapturous applause you had anticipated.
Tip 17
Humour is acceptable in many business situations and Finns appreciate dry, sardonic wit.
Tip 18
Finns are good linguists and often speak several languages to a good level. Fear of making mistakes can make Finns reticent to show their level of fluency.
Tip 19
Work and private are largely separated, with inter-company social functions being formally organised affairs. The Scandinavian hard-drinking reputation of days gone by still exists to a certain extent and business dinners can occasionally prove exhausting.
Tip 20
If travelling to Finland in the winter, be prepared for the worst. Take lots of layers of warm clothing as well as a hat, scarf and gloves.