March 6th, 2020

Book 19 - 2018

Book 19: Culture Smart! Finland: the essential guide to customs & culture by Terttu Leney - 165 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships. Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include * customs, values, and traditions * historical, religious, and political background * life at home * leisure, social, and cultural life * eating and drinking * do's, don'ts, and taboos * business practices * communication, spoken and unspoken


Thoughts:
Years ago, when I worked in the UK, I got given one of these culture smart books to read to acclimatise myself to the UK culture (which felt kind of hilarious given I'd been there for six weeks by that stage). Either way, I found it quite interesting, so given I'm going to Finland in November, I decided to pick up one for that country. This is an interesting book, even if it is out of date (written in 2005 - talks a lot about Nokia!). Some good tid bits on the culture of Finnish people (quiet, blunt, apparently). Also gives some good info on getting around, communications, the history of the country, things to do etc. I definitely recommend picking up one of these books before an overseas holiday - if its a country you know little about it, they are a great intro.


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