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    Deborah Swallow(Author)

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"The CultureShock!" series is a dynamic and indispensable range of guides for those travellers who are looking to truly understand the countries they are visiting. Each title explains the customs, traditions, social and business etiquette in a lively and informative style."CultureShock!" authors, all of whom have experienced the joys and pitfalls of cultural adaptation, are ideally placed to provide warm and informative advice to those who seek to integrate seamlessly into diverse cultures. The books in this series have a friendly and honest writing style and are full of personal experiences, practical advice and useful information.Each "CultureShock!" book contains: insights into the people and their culture and traditions; advice on adapting into the local environment; linguistic help and hints on how to learn the language and do business; a useful list of foreign words and phrases and a comprehensive resource guide; information on how to get the most out of your travel experience; discussion about "CultureShock!"

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  • PDF | 216 pages
  • Deborah Swallow(Author)
  • Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company (July 2001)
  • English
  • 9
  • Travel & Holiday

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  • By Predictably Unpredictable on 20 March 2011

    Trust me, you need a sound understanding of Finnish mores before you get there or you will feel it's the most unfriendly, unhelpful, unwelcoming and boring place on earth. Finns don't smile politely, don't do smalltalk, don't offer helpful suggestions you havn't asked for, and don't understand why anyone would find all this antisocial. On the other hand, they would offer you their last Rolo if they'd run out of biscuits or stop and give you detailed directions even if they're in a bit of a hurry themselves.Reading this book will explain why and give you enough insight into the Finnish mindset to have a great time in Finland. The author is a travelling speaker whose first trip to Finland on business felt like a miserable disaster and she hated it. Now she loves the place, and her anecdotal style of explaining what not to do/assume through her own mistakes makes for entertaining and useful reading. And the cartoons make the essential points more memorable. Buy a rough guide or lonely planet if you need to know current prices and the best restaurants- buy this if you don't know why you ought to take your dancing shoes to a restaurant.I can't say this book is better than any other on Finnish culture cos it's the only one I've read, but I always reccommend it to friends who are going there because it does the job.

  • By christelle.heikkila@accenture.com on 15 November 2001

    The book is well written and an easy and engaging read. The author seems to be very perceptive in her observations, and well researched. After I finished reading this, I made my Finnish husband read it, and he has been laughing out loud at his own nation. I personally agree with 90% of the author's views, but I must say I would never describe Finnish summers as humid, and as for there not being a Finnish 'look' - well, I can spot a Finn a mile off!

  • By p_roux on 20 March 2011

    ... shocked to find that comments I had posted on a website forum had been used word for word in the book, suggesting that the author had actually interviewed me. And I assume that mine were not the only comments to have been gleaned in that way, the book is full of them. Maybe that's how people write guidebooks nowadays, no need to travel just sit in front of a computer... but it feels like cheating to me.So rather difficult for me to totally trash the book (since I am a contributor ha! ha!)...Like all guidebooks, they don't age too well and this one is no exception. Some of the sections (eg shopping, literature) are definitely out of date. Then there are sections which are so brief they serve no practical purpose (language, finding a job).But it does cover a very wide range of topics and gives a broad overview of Finnish culture from an ex-pat perspective (ie from the outside looking in).


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