We are really getting geared up for the Easter sale next Wednesday and making lots of handicrafts such as woven goods, rugs, cards etc. The atmosphere in the handicraft room is very calm and quiet, much quieter than I am used to. In the middle of all this Easter preparation I am thinking about the stereotypes of the silent Finn and the reality of those long silences. In a brochure called Welcome to Finland that is produced for immigrants, there is a section entitled, "What are Finnish people like?"
and it states,
"Many Finnish people are calm and quiet. Finnish people think it is polite to leave people alone. This may make Finnish people seem unfriendly. Rules are important for the Finns. Most people will not even walk across the street is the light is red. Finnish people wait for the traffic lights to turn green."
Would we ever generalize about Scottish people like this?
What implications does this desire for quiet have on the service users?
I have noticed how loud I am when I am in the supermarket with my kids or walking down the street and I have started talking in whispers and telling my children to quieten down so it would seem I am turning more and more Finnish every day...
ANyway a lot to think about after my second week on placement. I am away on the night train to the capital of Lapland, Rovaniemi so plenty of time to ponder on this!