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A witty, informative little book
on 8 May 2011
As the author points out, not many people know where Finland is let alone what the Finns are like. Which is a shame. Finland is one of my favourite places and this charming book helps to explain why. There aren't any photos so the book can't show the outstanding natural beauty of the country; however, the text delightfully evokes the character of the people. I defy anyone to be unimpressed by a people who are as efficient and (notwithstanding the jokes in this book about their taciturn character) as friendly as I have always found the Finns. They also, as the author demonstrates, have a keen sense of humour and are able to laugh at their own foibles: a trait bound to endear them to Britons. Smuggled into the string of amusing anecdotes and tongue-in-cheek stereotypes is a surprising amount of genuinely useful information. Which meant that as well as being thoroughly entertained I learnt quite a bit from this slim volume about Finnish culture. Since I've just booked my sixth trip to the country that's particularly welcome and will make my stay there richer. Highly recommended.