As you may have noticed, or not, I've done some Journals and Polls related to Finland.
The reason for this is that this year the Republic of Finland celebrates 100 years as an independent free democratic Nation.
Those who know a little history and the geographic location of Finland, can understand why that is a big deal to us. (Compacted history of Finland at end of journal)
Many of you already know that I like information and trivia
Here is some info about Finnish values from an article of a study that was made. Top 5
answers in each category. Have a look and see if Finns differ from you Which three values are the most important to you?
62 % Well being of family and close ones
43 % Inner peace, happiness
41 % Fairness and justice
27 % Freedom
20 % Respecting natureWhich three values are the least important to you?
66 % Exciting life
59 % Religious conviction
55 % Pleasure, luxurious life
44 % Appreciation/respect from society
29 % Beauty, art <- ouch, that hurts as a Deviant What do you consider the most important human virtues?
73 % Honesty
54 % Responsibility
38 % Open mindedness
21 % Helpfulness
18 % PolitenessWhat do you consider the least important human virtues?
58 % Ambition
39 % Humility
31 % Hygiene
30 % Self discipline
29 % Imagination, creativity <- ouch, that hurts as a Deviant
History in compact form:
Prior to 1809 we were a part of the Kingdom of Sweden.
1809-1917 we were an autonomous Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire.
1860 we introduced our own currency, the Finnish Mark.
During the First World War we declared Independence on December 6th 1917.
During World War 2 we fought two wars against the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union never occupied Finland but we had to secede some territories. The border was moved from being very close to St Petersburg (Leningrad) to west of Vyborg and we also lost Petsamo in the north, cutting us off from the Barents Sea.
During the Cold War Finland was never part of the Warsaw Pact or NATO (and still isn't).
1995 Finland joins the European Union.
2002 Finland adopts Euro as currency.