I believe Finland is an amazing country:
Excellent educational system.
High levels of well-being.
Culture of design and innovation.
Promising entrepreneurial ecosystem.
A perfect combination of freedom, respect, and trust.
And most important of all: wonderful people.
I have been working with Finns in the educational and business fields for more than 10 years.
I love Finnish culture and learned how it is possible to take its virtues to improve local resources.
How I see the Finnish Culture
Spoiler alert! Fewer complications, more humanity.
For more than 10 years I have divided my life between Finland and Latin America.
I am in love with the Nordic lifestyle. And I also value the adaptability and innovation that we have in Latam.
I am convinced that there is an essence that we can learn, and that it would be very useful for us =)
When in doubt, trust
How is a trust link generated? Trusting.
It is the north of the Finns: first of all, trust. And what is generated is very powerful. So much so that everyone tries to maintain it. They know the value of being trustworthy and take care of it. There are obviously disappointments, but they are far less than we imagine from this side of the Atlantic.
Learning to collaborate is much more difficult than learning to compete. Both are naturally human, but collaborating requires more effort. Competition always works as a motivator. But what kind of society does it generate? In Finland, the focus is on learning collaboration and caring for the whole.
How do we celebrate diversity? In Finland each person has their own goals. They are necessary to develop your best version. There is a common learning plan but that is only the starting point, and not the arrival point. It is a tool, not an achievement goal. The goals are much more ambitious;)
Are we doing the best we can do? What else can we try? Without effort, there is no learning. In Finland, the tension between living in a safe area to learn and moving, by your own decision, to the discomfort that new challenges generate, always pushing the limits, is sublime.
Finns have no shame in linking love to learning and work. They are clear that the mind, without heart and soul does not get anywhere. Lovingness is an integral part of society. Love (which is reflected in care) with oneself, with others, with nature, with things. In every detail.