Finns tend to view work ethic as:
Live to work.
Work to live.
You go to the company cafeteria and sit down to eat your lunch with your new Finnish colleague. You attempt to engage him in conversation but he doesn’t appear interested and instead continues to read the newspaper. This means that:
He's having a bad day.
He does not like you.
He does not mean anything by it.
Like most European languages, Finnish is of Indo-European origin.
You're working on a project for a Finnish company and an important issue has come up. Your Finnish boss is away on vacation and you need some assistance right away. You should:
Go to someone above your boss who can help.
Make the decision yourself.
Try to reach your boss, wherever he or she is.
You are giving a presentation to a potential Finnish customer and they ask no questions during or after the presentation. You should expect this to mean:
They are not interested in your product or service.
You have provided the details required, so no questions are needed at this time.
They have not understood your presentation.