Tranquility and conformity in Finland

Your first impressions of Finland will probably be gleaned from arriving as a passenger at Helsinki airport. This sea of tranquillity is a foretaste of what greets the visitor in their travels around Finland. Helsinki airport really does have to be experienced to be believed. There is none of the hustle and bustle that greets you at most airports, nobody running around shouting and screaming at the top of their voices. If you arrive stressed out from travelling, Helsinki airport is a good place to “chill out”. You will soon become calm and tranquil.

Tourist about tranquility in Finland

On my travels, I met up with two Armenian pilots who were on their fourth visit to Finland for flight simulation training. When I asked them what was the one thing that they liked best about Finland their answers were, “Calmness” and “Everyone is so civilised”.

Tranquility and conformity in Finland

In fact, this peace and tranquillity transcends the whole country. You may well ask what is behind this tranquillity. Well, it has been said that the Finns must be the world’s most obedient people. There seems to be a plethora of enforced rules and regulations that govern Finnish life. However as a visitor, you are not aware of the rules and regulations; you just realise that everybody conforms. This conformity can be seen in the décor in homes, the way people dress, the month they take their holidays, the newspapers and magazines they read. The Finns themselves joke that of all the EU rules, they obey 120 per cent of them! Everyone, therefore, has an expectation of how everyone else is going to behave — and they usually do. Being loud is definitely frowned upon.