Introduction: A Glimpse into the Indian Experience in Finland
As an Indian living in Finland, I have often been asked about my experiences in this Nordic country. The curiosity that surrounds the life of an Indian in a predominantly homogenous society like Finland is understandable. In this article, I will be sharing my personal journey, along with insights on various aspects of living in Finland as an Indian. This will include my experiences with the language, culture, education, work, and social life.
Embracing the Finnish Language and Culture
Learning Finnish has been an exciting and challenging journey for me. The language is known for its complexity, but with determination and consistent effort, I have managed to gain proficiency in it. Being able to speak Finnish has opened new doors for me in terms of work opportunities and social connections. It has also helped me understand the Finnish culture better, which in turn has made it easier for me to integrate into the society.
The Finnish culture, on the other hand, is quite different from the Indian culture. The Finns are known for their love for personal space, punctuality, and honesty. Adapting to these cultural traits was initially a challenge, but over time, I have come to appreciate and respect these values. In fact, I have also noticed a positive influence on my own personal and professional growth as a result of embracing these qualities.
Studying and Working in Finland: The Indian Perspective
Finland is known for its excellent education system, which is why many Indians, including me, choose to study here. The Finnish universities offer high-quality education, and there is a strong focus on research and innovation. The learning environment is conducive to self-development and encourages critical thinking, which has helped me grow both academically and personally.
When it comes to working in Finland, the country offers a healthy work-life balance, which is something I truly appreciate. As an Indian, I have found that there is a high level of professionalism in the workplace, along with an emphasis on equal opportunities and fair treatment. Additionally, the Finnish work culture values teamwork and collaboration, which has been a refreshing change for me, coming from the more hierarchical Indian work culture.
Social Life and Making Friends in Finland
Making friends in Finland can be a challenging task, primarily because Finns are known for their reserved nature. However, once you break the ice and get to know them, you will find that they are incredibly warm, loyal, and supportive friends. I have made friends both within and outside the Indian community, which has enriched my social life and given me a broader perspective on life in Finland.
Another aspect of social life in Finland that I have enjoyed is the various events and activities organized throughout the year. Whether it is the summer festivals, Christmas markets, or cultural events, there is always something happening, which provides excellent opportunities to socialize and immerse oneself in the Finnish culture.
Overcoming Challenges and Stereotypes
As an Indian in Finland, there have been some challenges and stereotypes that I have had to overcome. For instance, there is a common misconception that Indians only work in IT or as taxi drivers. While it is true that many Indians work in these sectors, there are also Indians who excel in various other fields, including academia, business, and the arts.
Another challenge has been dealing with occasional instances of racism or discrimination. While these occurrences have been few and far between, they can be disheartening. However, I have found that the best way to tackle this issue is to educate people about the rich and diverse Indian culture and promote understanding and tolerance.
Appreciating the Beauty of Finland and its People
While living in Finland, I have come to appreciate the breathtaking beauty of this country. The stunning landscapes, pristine lakes, and magical Northern Lights have left me in awe on numerous occasions. I have also learned to embrace the Finnish lifestyle – enjoying the sauna, ice swimming, and the midnight sun during summers.
The Finnish people, too, have left a lasting impression on me. Their resilience, honesty, and genuine warmth have taught me invaluable lessons about life. As an Indian in Finland, I have found my home away from home and am grateful for the experiences and friendships that have shaped my life in this beautiful country.