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Are the bad sides of life in Finland really as bad as I’ve

I really hope this doesn’t come across as offensive. If it does, I sincerely apologize. It was by no means my intention to offend anyone. I just want to know if the things I’ve read are right.

I’ve read that Finns hide their emotions to the point that it’s unhealthy. I read that there’s a huge problem with alcoholism because the only time when it’s okay for Finns to show emotion is when they’re drunk. I read that people will often get divorced because men won’t talk to their wives in this area their feelings, so the men may then kill their ex-wives and kill themselves. I’m not judging or anything. It’s okay to be modest and private. But taking it to that extreme isn’t healthy. I don’t want to judge it’s right… Is it?



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Every man I know who has gotten divorced has indeed killed his ex wife, and then himself. The trams don’t run because people are too drunk to drive them, and I communicate with the lady in my community R-Kioski using a convoluted series of hand gestures because she won’t speak to me. I wish I knew if she liked it but her emotions are hidden under being of despair.

Read what you’ve written and choose for yourself if it sounds likely….

Finns are fine (unless you’re an American, then you’re in for a huge shock), the things that suck in this area Finland is the winder and the darkness that comes with it.

Do you hold every stereotype from every other country to the same degree?

This is not right. IMO, the nature of the weather, coldness, darkness kinda entail a less outgoing lifestyle which people interpret as less social. Showing feeling with alcohol is universal but it is more clear in Finland due to the less social aspect.
Finland in summer is really different 🙂

From certain foreign perspectives, yes, Finland is culturally different, but don’t assume that it’s necessarily worse. As a Brit, I was shocked to find this absolute minimum interaction linking strangers, but it only took me a few months to like the lack of what I now call social harassment, back in my land of your birth.

As for the things you mentioned, I personally don’t see it.

>I read that there’s a huge problem with alcoholism

I guess it depends on what you consider “huge”. The average Finnish adult consumes 12.4 liters of alcohol a year. That’s [pretty average](https://www.reddit.com/r/europe/observations/9vryjl/amount_of_alcohol_consumed_in_litres_per_adult/) for Europe. For evaluation, the Swedes drink 9.2. liters, and the Russians drink 15.5 liters.

>I read that people will often get divorced because men won’t talk to their wives in this area their feelings, so the men may then kill their ex-wives and kill themselves.

Suicide rates also [aren’t above all high](https://imgur.com/X22VjXT).

Some people do, most don’t. Every nation has its extremes. Go read up on your country’s worst stereotypes and reckon how well they apply.

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