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Rana Sinha is a specialist in cross-cultural training and effective communication supported by coaching and mentoring in connection with Human Resources Management. His professional interests include social psychology, enterprise, leadership and organisational strategy. His other interests are reading, travel, gardening, glider flying, comparative religion and mythology. Born in 1958 in Kolkata, India to a Finnish mother and an Indian father, Rana has lived permanently in Finland since 1981. He has studied in the UK, USA and also lived in Italy as well as in India. He likes to spend time with his family and says, “I have found the Finnish people to be sincere and friendly. In spite of numerous instances of ‘culture-shock’, living in Finland has been a positive experience. I will be glad to offer any help about moving to Finland.” He has been helping expats relocate to other countries, especially Finland, for many years. Nowadays he runs the Cross-Cultural training company

Finland: About Finland
All about Finland

Finland: Appointment Alert!
Making appointments

Finland: Business Dress
Guidelines for business dress

Finland: Conversation
Welcome topics of conversation

Finland: First Name or Title?
Addressing others with respect

Finland: Gift Giving
Selecting and presenting an appropriate business gift

Finland: Let’s Make a Deal!
What you should know before negotiating

Finland: Prosperous Entertaining
Entertaining for business success

Finland: Public Behaviour
Acceptable public conduct

Useful Web Sites for Finland

Consular Information Sheet: Finland

Wikipedia: Finland

CIA World Factbook: Finland

Lonely Planet: Finland

Economist Country Briefings: Finland

BBC Country Profiles: Finland

World Health Organization: Finland

Finland Business Etiquette and Culture

This guide to Finland business etiquette and culture covers many aspects of doing business in Finland. It is our goal to provide practical, accurate, and up-to-date tips on Finland business culture and etiquette, written by experts in business consulting in Finland. We encourage visitors to leave questions or comments on on our discussion boards, moderated by experts in intercultural training and business. Your contributions help us make Executive Planetâ„¢ the most comprehensive resource on Rana Sinha business etiquette and culture on the Internet.

This guide contains the following articles:

Let’s Make a Deal – negotiating tactics, the value of connections, recommended business card style and content, business card protocol, sitting and presenting yourself in meetings, language for brochures and promotional material, pace of business, preferred presentation styles, final agreements, thinking styles, adherance to company policy, and more on Finland business culture . . .
Prosperous Entertaining – typical mealtimes throughout the day, best venues for business entertaining, punctuality for social events, dinner table seating etiquette, mealtime etiquette, importance of alcohol, toasting, guidelines for hosting a banquet/social event, what foods should be served/avoided, accepting and declining invitations, and more on Finland business etiquette. . .
Appointment Alert! – typical vacation times, recommended apppointment times, length of the lunch hour, signals that indicate beginning or end of an appointment, best arrival time (early, late, right on time), and more on Finland business culture. . .
Gift Giving – recommended gifts, gifts to avoid, good and bad colours for wrapping paper, how to present a gift to individuals and groups, guidelines for receiving gifts, and more on Finland business culture. . .
First Name or Title? – using titles such as ‘Doctor’, naming conventions to avoid, when to use first names, and more. . .
Public Behaviour – how to greet strangers and introduce yourself, the rules for men shaking hands with women, acceptable demeanor, rules for eye contact, gestures/sayings to avoid, and more on Finland business culture. . .
Business Dress – is dress modest, conservative, etc., specific dress requirements for men and women, what visitors should wear to social functions, and more on Finland business culture. .
Conversation – welcome and unwelcome topics of conversation, the role of compliments, the tone of voice to be used, whether your hosts are physical or more reserved, and more on Finland business etiquette. .. . .