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11-14-2011, 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by FiLe View Post
If you're in Finland and someone approaches you and strikes up a conversation, they're either...

-mentally unstable
-all of the above

Also, if another Finn wants to hug us, it's instinctive for us to check whether they're holding a knife.

Okay, seriously. The non-social behavior of Finns is pretty much a myth. There are two things that is not part of our culture, small-talk and being the one who starts a conversation. If we're however approached and spoken to you can expect a Finn to respond in kind instead of giving you a glare and hoofing it.
In fact i'm more comfortable with people less talkative than people who will hug you at the first meeting !

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