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Finland, Cultural Lone Wolf is the story of an accomplished nation and her extraordinary people. By pursuing a 'Lone Wolf' policy, Finland raised itself from a struggling, war-battered state to one of the most developed countries in the world over the course of only fifty years. The exponential rise of Nokia from tires and timbers to leading the world_s telecommunication industry is indicative of the Finns and their business style. These remarkable people speak a language unique in its origins and have kept their cultural identity intact despite the influences of powerful neighbors, Sweden and Russia.
Uniquely qualified to write about Finland, best-selling author Richard Lewis traces the fascinating Finnish origins, as well as her history, geography, values and culture. His extensive experience with Finnish business provides him with keen insight on leadership style, negotiation strategies and the uniquely Finnish suomi-kuva, or Finland image. Lewis shines when describing Finnish humor, complete with laugh-out-loud jokes and stories. Finland, Cultural Lone Wolf shows both nation and writer at their best.
Posted June 14, 2009
I bought this book to help familiarize myself with everyday Finnish-ness and thought that I would get a good perspective from an outsider.
The author says in 200 pages what he could have said in 10: the Finns are quiet; the Finns like solitude; the Finns are good people beneath their cold exteriors. He drove these points home over and over and over again.
His analysis was superficial and relied very heavily on cultural generalizations and stereotypes.
Nevertheless, if a person knows absolutely zero about Finland and Finns, this book will ram home some of the most basics.