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Finland, Cultural Lone Wolf (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 25. November 2004

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Lewis attributes Finnish achievements in the last century to the culture rather than to political or business prowess. -- Nancy J. Adler, Ph.D., McGill University, Montreal, Canada Reference & Research Book News Richard Lewis brings his extensive knowledge of Finland to a wide audience, capturing the mystery and setting the context for its continued success. Finland, Cultural Lone Wolf is a book of many insights-about Finland and the world beyond. Matthew Kirk, British Ambassador to Finland

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A communications trainer based in Finland for 50 years, Lewis traces how the Finnish people transformed their war-torn country with a struggling economy in 1945, into a leader in technology and major diplomatic player in Europe by the end of the century. He attributes their achievements to the culture rather than to political or business prowess. A

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Von Monika Simon VINE-PRODUKTTESTER am 1. November 2014
Format: Taschenbuch
During a recent holiday in Finland, a Finnish friend lend me this book to read. A book by a non-Fin that introduces and explains Finland to other non-Fins.

After a very interesting chapter on the origins of the Finnish people and the Finnish language, the author covers a wide array of topics ranging from beliefs and values to leadership structures, from the image of Finland at home and abroad to humour. The section that I found particularly fascinating was about the conventions of conversation. How we talk with one another is simply something we don't think about most of the times. To encounter different conventions of how to talk, when to talk and how to react to what the other person says can be quite confusing. It is an interesting topic, but also had, in my case at least, the unpleasant side-effect that I became hyper-aware the way I talked, and rather self-conscious about it.

On occasion I thought the author was a little too convinced that he knows exactly what is going on. What I thought was also a bit surprising was that when he talks about Finnish people almost always refers to men. Finnish women may deserve their own chapter, as he says, but this chapter is only 8 pages long. I mean, the book was published in 2005 not 1905.

That said, 'Finland. Cultural Lone Wolf' is definitely an interesting and thought-provoking book.
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HASH(0x9c9c43fc) von 5 Sternen Finland Stands Apart from the Herd 18. Juli 2005
Von Mark L. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Finland is truly a unique place in so many ways and Mr. Lewis captures the spirit of the place with insight and skill. By nature, Finns are very modest people so it takes an outsider to toot their horn. Lewis is well suited to the job as he speaks Finnish (that is quite a job!) and has spent many years consulting there. The author rightly observes that Finland outranks all other advanced democratic nations on practically any important measure of development - literacy, economic competitiveness, equality (economic, social and gender), transparency, lack of corruption, low levels of crime, and high levels of technological innovation. He notes that while they do pay high taxes, they actually support these taxes because they ensure that everyone has high quality health care, education, and social support - no exceptions.

But apart from their success in forging a wealthy and egalitarian nation, the Finns stand out in many other ways. For one, they are not really all that Scandinavian. Their origins are obscure, but it is clear that their language and culture has roots outside of the Indo-European group. In some ways, like the Basques perhaps, they are a small and unique nationality with a world view that we should all admire. Among their virtues, Finns are extraordinarily honest, so much so that some see them as blunt. They can also be very taciturn. Indeed, the uninformed traveler to Finland may mistake their parsimonious use of spoken language as a sign of coldness or obtuseness. As Lewis points out, to the contrary, Finns are very intellectually inclined, but are deeply suspicious of wordy or flamboyant people. Also of interest, the author delves into why Finnish women have been so successful and have attained full equality in all spheres of life.

Even if you don't have the chance to visit Finland, this is a great book to read if you are interested in learning about a country that is getting it right!
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HASH(0x9c66403c) von 5 Sternen trumpet tooting 10. September 2005
Von Masa - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
As a native Finn I was actually embarrassed reading the "trumpet tooting" by Lewis in this book, but that seems to prove his experience of the Finnish people, modest, shy but despite this desperately in seeking of recognition from others.

As a truly modest Finn I can not see why our nation would differ from any other, to better or worse. But Lewis makes several points I have to agree on, about the Finnish nature, especially common sense, separateness, etc. etc... and I've never thought of the Finnish language giving us an advance in way of thinking.. a very interesting point indeed.

Overall, a very interesting read, if you're interested in the mindset of this small-yet-big nation up north..
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HASH(0x9c587f60) von 5 Sternen Disappointing 7. Oktober 2007
Von W. Wedenoja - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
The author has a business which provides training in languages and cross-cultural communication, primarily to business persons. I can imagine this book stemming from a series of Powerpoint slides, with bulleted lists, from a course on doing business in Finland. It has a narrow agenda, focusing on patterns of communication and leadership. There is very little on Finnish life and culture - on marriage, family, religion, work life... You will come away from it with a lot of generalizations about the Finnish people but no clue as to how they live their lives. The book begins with a brief introductory sketch of the history and geography of Finland and the Finnish language. This is followed by a more detailed discussion of communication, leadership, national character or identity, humor, and comparisons of Finns with other peoples. The author presents a very favorable image of Finns and Finland. In particular, he ceaselessly cites ways in which Finland leads the world. One thing that annoyed me is an excessive reliance on stereotypes and cliches, which are confidently presented as facts, when in fact there are no citations or references to research to support them. Also annoying is the frequent reduction of complex patterns of behavior to simplistic diagrams and typologies (such as "linear-active," "multi-active," and "reactive cultures"). The book is easy to read but redundant and simplistic. I can't recommend it. Try Culture Smart Finland instead.
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HASH(0x9c9c4b1c) von 5 Sternen Honest, intelligent look at a great nation.. 6. Februar 2005
Von martyk - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Brilliant work on the enigmatic nation of Finland. Full of facts, humor, history, Mr. Lewis has done his homework. Outstanding..
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HASH(0x9c66415c) von 5 Sternen Good introduction. 26. Februar 2006
Von Finn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
A good overview of the background to the social and technological development in Finland during the recent decades. Very precise in describing national characteristics, and how to handle them. Could maybe have stressed more the importance of the concensus mentality in politics and the unique education system, kindergarten to post-graduate.
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