Suomi on rakas kotimaani. Palaan Suomeen aina kuuden kuukauden välein lomailemaan. Suomi on hieno maa asua ja olla. Suomi silti ihmetyttää ja kummastuttaa. Siellä tehdään asioita kummasti ja erityisesti ajatellaan tavoilla, mitä ei ole missään muualla. Mikä tekee Suomesta Suomen ja miksi teemme mitä teemme? Australiassa asuminen avaa silmiä ja mieltä. Australia avaa myös ajatuksia muutenkin elämästä ja sen "tarkoituksesta". Mitä siis ajattelee australialaistunut suomalainen Suomesta?
Sunday, 22 September 2013
Kiiress duunis töis (Busy working @ work)
There is one word in the finnish language, that surely
exists in other languages too, but is not as much used. It is Arki (everyday -
monday to friday). Arki means the time between monday and friday. There is a
weekend between the Arkis. Arki is usually thought as a boring piece of
obligatory time. In Finland, during the Arki, people are often at hurry and
at work. You work on your career every single day..so that you become something
at some point.
I found an excellent article in Helsingin Sanomat
newspaper. I wanted to copy it straight here but instead I will quote parts that I
found especially finnish.
"The quality time of our
generation, is work time - says Matti Kamppinen from University of Turku.
Therefore it is common to boast how all your time is spent at work. This type
of a person is prototype of a well off person in todays generation. The ideal
person, is the one that has multiple projects and is still busy on dedicated
free time. Being busy is better than not being busy at all."
When you meet someone in Australia you say: Hows it going? Usually you hear back: 1.Pretty good, yourself? 2. Not too
bad, yourself? 3. Very good, how are you? If you really want to know how they are you ask: "what
you been up to?"
At this point a finn would start talking about work, or
kids. They seem to be the back bone of finnish life. If you don't talk about
them, you talk about something else that keeps you busy and takes too much time
in your life.You definitely do not tell that you don't really have much
on the plate and you just enjoy life. A finn does not stop, but keeps on going.
Your work is your life.
It is unbelievably hard to get australians to talk about
their work. I have asked why this is so? Usually I hear: "Who cares, its
There is also a saying in Australia: "We work to
In Finland you can turn it around: "We live to
If in Finland the sign of a successful man is busyness and
multiple projects in hand, in here it is free time and activities. If someone
has a "cruzy job", where he just delegates work to others while
maximising his own free time - he is well off! This person also goes on trips
on weekends, goes camping with the family and spends a month long holidays in
A person who hangs on the phone for most of the time is
not appreciated and is very easily dropped out of the social circles.
"According to Kamppinen we enjoy
being busy, because it gives life a heart beat: an ideal finnish person has a
full calendar and his phone wont stop ringing. We all know people that always
have time to stop and tell how busy they are. These prigs are playing that they
I have noticed in Australia and especially on the Gold
Coast, how different the work life is compared to Finland. There is less 9-5
people and much, much more entrepreneurship. This means that there is more
people that don't have work every day and people have a choice of shifting their
workload. During the day time you can see many people having a coffee/beer, hanging
on the beach and surfing the waves. All of them have a job. But it is not the priority
number 1. They can shift the workload. And still, the world doesn’tcollapse.
When I first arrived I was wondering why on earth all the
stores close at 5. In Finland no one would ever have time to go in them. In
Australia there is always people in stores no matter what the time. On top of
that you have late night shopping on thursdays and weekend shopping time.
"You should not waste your time,
but what do you call waste?
My finnish friends often ask how I m doing here. I often
tell them what I have been up to and usually that is watersport related.
"How can you live without doing anything" they ask. I do go to work,
but a maximum 20 h a week. "Don't you realise how much more you could make
if you worked full time?!" Time is wasted I guess?
I enjoy my current situation. In Finland I used to be
motivated by money, work and the things I could buy, because the pressure
around me told so. The society also gave an image that if I save money and work
hard I will achieve some magical point in life where you are perfect. However,
no one ever talked about the journey to this point.
"A hurry is real, when someone’s
house is on fire. Any other "hurry" is made up inside a mans head.
Impatient people are never “consciously present” even if they physically are
present. Their mind is already going somewhere else. Calm people are present,
there and then."
I used to be in a hurry all the time and I loved it. The people around
me admired how I could manage so many things at the same time. These comments
felt good. Now I m not in a hurry anymore. I have time for things that you are
supposed to do in Finland when you retire and have time.
I have my own basil, dill, chili and tomato growing on my
balcony. I only use water. The plants will grow on their own pace.
"At least farmers understand
that grass does not grow faster if you shout at it. The urban society does not
understand how nature can slow their life down. How everything doesn't happen
according to their schedule."
I also surf, which is very time consuming. Sometimes I have
to wait for a wave for hours. And it still doesn't come. I often go home empty
handed. It doesn't matter, as there is always more waves tomorrow.
In Finland I always speeded - because so did everyone
else.In here I stick to the speed limit - because so does
everyone else.I also have the patience to wait in line and I have not
ran in an escalator.
Iltasanomat newspaper asked a 100
finnish celebrities how they are going to spend their summer:"In a hurry, from a gig to
another" said singer Paula Koivuniemi"I don't have any free time, my
calendar is fully booked." Said Teuvo Hakkarainen from the parliament house."I work 7 days a week" said
writer Jörn Donner"I have work. I haven't had a
holiday since the winter war" said Jethro Rostedt (real-estate agent)Only a few said that they are on
holidays, but they also had projects: renovating (Matti Rönkä and Sami
Hintsanen), Cleaning (Veltto Virtanen), Wood chopping (Juha Mieto) and laundry
The hammock was definitely not
invented in Finland. A finn calls his summer cottage a concentration camp -
which it is. On top of that working people boast how much fun it is to work in
summer when there are less people at work and things can be done quicker.