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Article: Dealing With Culture Shock In Finland

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Article: Dealing With Culture Shock In Finland

Post Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:35 pm

Finland is a treasure trove of unspoilt natural beauty, with its many forests and lakes. To the far north, you have the white nights, about ten weeks of summer throughout which the sun doesn’t set. In winter, this turns into about eight weeks of sunless days. There’s much to enjoy in Finland, from its medieval castles to its spas that offer several rejuvenation treatments; and from the tranquil beauty of the Lakeland to the adventurous winter sports. The country has also built a robust, competitive economy and has emerged as a global forerunner in telecommunications equipment. It’s no wonder that Finland has become home to many expats. But what happens once you get there and realize that apart from the rich history and scenic landscapes, Finland is also a living, breathing land with its own people, its own customs and its own way of life.

How does one deal with the culture shock? Here is some advice for new expats in Finland.

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