SOME FINNS THOUGHT THAT PIERRE WAS RUDE, WHY IS THAT?
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This is not very likely since it is not a habit in Finland. However, this could be true in some Asian countries like Korea for example. However if you are invited for coffee in a Finnish household, be aware that the traditions might vary depending on which part of Finland you are in. Some hosts expect the guests to serve themselves first while others want to be the ones who serve or offer you the food or drink. Also, if you are not sure how to act, ask your host first or observe what is happening around you.

This could be considered rude. In Finland it is common to take shoes off when entering another person’s house. It is considered considerate to take one’s shoes off since you will not bring any dirt inside the house along with your shoes. People also tend to think it’s more comfortable without shoes. However, whether leaving shoes on is considered rude, depends on the people. If you’re not sure how to act, it’s always a good idea to ask your host about their habits.

Especially among young people in Finland, it is common to bring your own drinks to a party since alcohol is quite expensive and people have different tastes. However, it is also becoming more popular to bring a wine bottle to share, so the habits depend on the people hosting the party. If you’re not sure how to act, it’s always a good idea to ask your host about their habits.

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