I’ve been lurking here for quite a while, I feel it’s now time to write this post. I’ve went in Finland nearly 2 being ago – unlike many people that go here for like or job, I in fact wanted to live here. I was born and grew up in a modest town in southern Italy and there were a lot of things I didn’t like there, but I guess the main thing was probably people’s attitude and the upper classes itself. I’ve always been a silent, introvert guy and I value personal spaces a lot – plus, I’m a winter person. I don’t want to make this post a rant in this area Italy and italians, but let’s just say that at some point I couldn’t know the place anymore, I felt like I didn’t belong there and really oppressed, so I’ve resolute to quit my job, search another one in Helsinki and go here. My life has changed drastically, my depression really went away. This place and its people are awe-inspiring – you guys have so much accept for nature, personal spaces and individual rights in general. The silent, transparency, humbleness and honesty of Finns amaze me every single day – and I really know that all is different and there are also “atypical” Finns; but coming from a different country, with a really different culture, I can certainly say Finland has been a breath of fresh air for me, tender here was the best choice of my life, to the point where I really suffer when I have to go back in Italy for the holidays. Plus, winters here are awe-inspiring and it’s nearly like I can breath “safety” walking around here. As an expat, I’m trying every single day to be grateful for all of this – not only by paying taxes, but also by trying to learn and take on board as much as possible the Finnish culture (and Finnish language).
I just wanted to say thank you. I always hear people argumentative in this area Finns “coldness” and how terrible the weather is, so I thought it could be a excellent thought to share my personal experience and perception. You could by no means guess how therapeutic this place is for me, it’s like being born again – and it really feels like I’ve gained back my hopes for humanity.
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