It is worth paying attention to the following points at business meetings in Finland:
- Men and women are recommended to dress smartly for business meetings.
An invitation will indicate if the occasion demands a black tie.
- A handshake is the accepted custom at the start and end of a meeting.
- Do not be surprised if the conversation is formal during the first minutes of a meeting with no "small talk".
The atmosphere will thaw out later on.
- Most business people have a good command of English, and many of them speak German and Russian as well.
- Refrain from drinking alcohol before your Finnish colleague makes a toast.
- Business cards are customarily used.
- It is important to arrive for business meetings on time.
- Do not use first names until the acquaintanceship is on a more personal basis.
- It is recommended that you refrain from arranging business meetings in the months of July and August and close to the times of national holidays.
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