Finland

The Best Places to Dine in Finland

Finland has many attractions for tourists, but it’s food stands out the most. Every country has its own distinct flavors and tastes, and it would be an absolute loss if you went to visit Finland and did not try its world-famous cuisine. Following is a list of eateries that you must visit in order to get a taste of what Finland has to offer. These are the best restaurants and cafés in Finland.

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Situated on Kanavaranta 7F, Helsinki, this restaurant is famous for its elegant setting and for its perfect portrayal of products made in Finland. Located in a building that was constructed in the 19th century, the chefs at Ravintola Nokka prepare food with only freshly produced greens and grass-fed game, that is freshly harvested to give you the most punch of a flavor. From mallard duck to assorted Finnish cheeses, Ravintola Nokka is a place you do not want to miss.

2: Chez Dominique
Located on Richardinkatu 4, Helsinki, Chez Dominique is one of the only two restaurants in all of Finland that has been awarded the prestigious Michelin star. Having been named Restaurant of the Year by local magazines and newspapers, this restaurant is one of the finest dining experiences Finland has to offer, serving cuisine inspired from France prepared from fresh Scandinavian product.

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This is the second of the two Michelin starred restaurants which exist in all of Finland, and this one too exists in the town of Helsinki, on Etelaranta 16. Of course, because it too is Michelin-starred, it comes at par in quality with Chez Dominique, but not in the same manner. Apart from the fact that the restaurant is situated in what used to be mansion (hence is highly elegant), the restaurant serves delicious elk sirloin, a dish which is native to Finland, and also French-inspired cuisines that are prepared with Scandinavian products.

4: Havis
Situated at Etelaranta 16, Helsinki, Havis takes full advantage of the Finnish coastline that is both beautiful to see and hosts delicious fish. Having set its foundations in 1973, this Finnish restaurant is best known for the amazing seafood being served here. It serves both saltwater and freshwater fish, the former caught on the Finnish coastline and the latter taken from the famous Finnish lakes. This is further enhanced with a  great dining atmosphere.

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5: Palace Gourmet
Located on Etelaranta 10, Helsinki, the Palace Gourmet might not be Michelin starred, but it does provide the best scenic beauty any restaurant in all of Helsinki has to offer. A gorgeous view of the Finnish harbor is what beholds the eyes of the dinner guests. The menu is a mixture of both Finnish and French cuisines, although the Finnish salmon being served is a local favorite. The most delectable pieces that the restaurant has to offer are the reindeer’s tongue and the fillet from the chef, both of which are famous as being the best in town. This is one place which should not be missed.

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Doing Business in Finland

Finland is a Nordic country near Russia, Norway, and Sweden. It is home to forests, lakes, and many islands. Since 1995, it has been a member of the European Union and had been under a parliamentary republic. Just last 2002, it has adopted the Euro to be its official currency. Two languages are primarily spoken in Finland namely Finish and Swedish. The latter is the minority at 6%.

Being a modern welfare state, Finland is already highly developed when it comes to its services and infrastructure. Their welfare system is extensive which ranges from health, education, elderly care, children day care, libraries, rescue and fire, environmental, leisure, and industrial policy. The main products involve metal, wood, pulp, paper, and engineering products. Later on, they became they key providers of electronics.

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Doing business in a country as diverse as Finland, one should be prepared of what he or she is dealing with. Make sure you are familiar with the Finnish society and culture before stepping out there.

When it comes to meetings, make sure that you shake hands with everybody in the group starting with the women. Address the people by their title followed by the surname but if you are not sure of the surname, a miss or mister would suffice. As for your attire, do not overdress as this could be seen as a sign of arrogance. Also, make sure you regulate your voice as a very loud voice indicates being over energetic that they do not like. Avoid folding of arms as well. This signifies arrogance. Do not put your hands in your pockets when talking as this could be rude for them and always remove your hat when talking to someone or entering a building.

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For the sake of logistics, make sure that you set your meeting in advance through writing. Keep in mind that the working day changes depending on the season. During winter, offices start at 8:00 A.M. and end at 4:15. At summer, office hours are from 8:00 A.M. until 3:15 P.M. Holidays are mostly during July to September.

During the meeting, make sure that you have everything organized. Even to the tiniest detail of providing a business card should be considered. The Finns want the meeting to be straightforward and small talks should be avoided. Being an egalitarian society, the Finns do not want any display of superiority and too much emotion. This could make them feel that your are too informal. Also, they could really be silent for long periods of time but this is perfectly normal.

Basically, the Finns are open-minded and tolerant. Business you do with them would most likely turn to be great. Just follow proper business etiquette and you are good to go. Just follow the tips mentioned above to have a smooth transaction with them.