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Among students of culture, Finnish reticence and taciturnity are legendary and it isn't a cruel stereotype imposed by others, the Finns recognise it in themselves and it is a source of self-deprecating humour (thus the cartoons).

They also recognise it in others - the "Very British Problems" series (particularly the British horror of unwanted social interaction) would be very familiar to them.

 

Old jokes from a former Finnish colleague:

 

An introverted Finn looks at his shoes when he is talking to you, an extroverted Finn looks at your shoes.

 

Two Finns meet in a bar.

 

The first Finn buys two beers and they drink in silence.

 

The second Finn buys 2 beers and they continue to drink in silence.

 

The first Finn buys another 2 beers and while they are waiting, the second Finn says "How is your wife?".

 

When the beers arrive, the first Finn says "Did we come out for a drink or to discuss my personal life?"

 

 

There is a  Finnish cartoon about

a socially awkward stickman

that  has become extremely popular in China –

 

Which has even created  a new word in Mandarin.

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