Practical Information

Names and Titles

When introducing himself, a Finn states first his first name and then his surname. Although Finns are very particular about their titles, qualifications and job descriptions, they rarely mention these when introducing themselves. Foreigners can safely address Finns using the English practise of Mr/ Mrs/Miss/Sir/Madame or any equivalent. Finns habitually use the familiar mode of address, not just to friends and acquaintances but also to total strangers. It is relatively easy to get onto first-name terms with a Finn these days, especially if it is evident that the parties will continue to meet regularly for business or pleasure.

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