They are proud that Linus Torvalds, the inventor of Linux, is a Finn.Visitors should also be prepared to encounter the other side of the Finnish national character: Finns are chronically insecure about whether the wider world is aware of the achievements of this northern nation.In international contexts, or when using foreign languages, particularly English, Finns have become accustomed to politically correct language in which traditional masculine terms are replaced with gender-neutral ones (e.g.‘chairperson’); or the third person singular pronoun is offered in both forms (he/she) when they exist. Instead, the third person singular pronoun hän covers both genders.
It is appropriate for visitors to follow the established practice of whatever language they are using.
“Take a man by his words and a bull by its horns,” says a Finnish proverb.
A Finn will carefully consider what he (or she) says and expect others to do so too.
There are numerous women in academic posts, and in recent years visiting businessmen have also found increasing numbers of ‘the fairer sex’ on the other side of the negotiating table.
The Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland accepts the ordination of women, and there are women priests in numerous parishes.