Corruption in Finland

Corruption in Finland

As previously stated, honesty and integrity are high on the list of Finnish attributes, therefore, corruption is rare. If there is ever the slightest hint of corruption or bribery in government, there will be a huge spread in the daily papers. The Finnish find it difficult to deal with some foreign nations, when everyone in the chain expects to have a «bung» (a financial payment for their effort). If they had a choice, they would prefer to walk away from these deals. They regard the whole concept as totally dishonest. In a recent survey on comparative corruption levels in countries around the world, Finland took the number one spot as the least corrupt country.

In everyday life, there is no tipping. Tipping is not in the Finnish culture at all. You do not need to tip taxi drivers, waiters or hairdressers. Even the hotel porter does not expect to be tipped. Please do not feel that you are doing them a favour by leaving them a few «odd coppers» on the side. They genuinely take it as an insult. This is because in an egalitarian society, everyone respects people for the jobs that they do. If their job is to drive a taxi, this is what they are paid to do, and to be civil and polite whilst doing their job is what is expected. They do not need to be tipped, and do not expect it. However some Finns, you will notice, will pay a bill by rounding up the money by a few cents (10p–15p) and will not expect the change.