The impact of the Global Network on our behaviour and the rise of introversion as a personal trait is a modern topic, with the Finish introverts most often crowned as the crème de la crème.
Yes, that’s just right, one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world is considered introverted. And when that is a fact, then the Finns are certainly making the most out of that trait. The qualification applies not only to the predominant personal characteristics of the population, but more interestingly also to the tendency of decreased interest in working and studying abroad among people of any age.
Finns are often described as not big fans of small talk and perceived as fairly reserved. They seem to feel completely comfortable with moments of awkward silence, do not have the need to pretend that feel more excited or happy than actually are; and yeah, they tend to be melancholic. To better understand their introverted nature, simply follow the Finnish joke: “An introverted Finn looks at his shoes when talking to you; an extroverted Finn looks at your shoes”.
That said, there are popular opinions on both Finnish introversion regarded as a national oddity and the stereotyped introversion of IT pros and scientists of any kind.
While it is safe to say that Finns champion almost any field in the areas of health, politics and education, their real master-work is technology. The country has clearly stated its ambitions to top the technology race, launching a number of high tech projects and the technology industry topping Finland’s export, constituting over 50% of it. Furthermore, nearly 700,000 people work in the Finnish technology sector, and technology companies in the country bring in nearly 80% of all investment in research and development carried out in Finland.
The home country of Nokia, has one of the world’s most developed phone markets, along with mobile games ones, Finland gave the world the Angry Birds!
And centuries before the game craze, Finland produced the king of free and open-source software – Linux.
Nowadays, the Finnish startup scene is one of the most thriving in the world and just wait for the future, as Finland is only now becoming a space power.
Is there a real link between introversion and technological advance? And could the introvert power of Finnish individuals be the secret behind the country’s collective success?
Regardless of whether the concept of Finnish introversion is more a matter of folklore or based on real facts, the method of minding one’s own business is proving highly successful for the economy and quality of life in the country.
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