I read a column today in Helsinki Times by Gareth Rice, a freelancer writer, titled ‘Why am I still in Helsinki’. After having read it, I decided to give the same thing a thought, from my perspective.
Why, in all the other countries in the world, I am in Finland? Why not some other place? Why did I choose a place that is so cold in winter, that even to go out and throw some garbage in the garbage can just 5 meters away from my apartment, I have to dress as if I am going on a North Pole expedition! Why did I choose a place, where there is daylight for more than 22 hrs in summer? WHY?
Well, a simple answer is that in the first place, I did not choose Finland at all. May be it was destiny and may be some coincidence too.
Some coincidence that I liked linux, some coincidence that at my work, I was allotted project that used linux and may be just a coincidence that for this project, I had to travel to Helsinki, on Sep 1, 2007, though for a short duration.
I came back soon for a longer visit and since then, I have been liking this place.
Well, here are some good reasons for me:
- I work here
- My wife works here
- I and my wife both study here too.
- I feel a sense of social security in Finland.
- Despite of some racist allegations lately on some political parties in Finland, I still did not encounter any thing like that and I seriously think that finns are very generous people at heart. In the start they might not mix with you easily, but then they can be really good friends.
- There is a mutual trust in people here, which I did not find at any places I have been until today.
- People are very honest, 99% of them.
- They are very eager to help.
- It is a calm country with very less crime rate.
- Santa claus.
- Very genuine sale.
What more does one want?
Apart from all this, I also like a poem about Finland (not the exact words), remember to sing it in Nokia tune..
Hello Finland, crazy Finland, Finland is my soul.
We drink Vodka, like its coffee and we fish in holes..
Ice fishing, in holes.. :
image copied from here
Poem courtesy: Conan O’Brien, video about the poem: here