There is a high degree of equality between the sexes in Finland, as
can be seen in the relatively high number of women holding advanced
positions in politics and other areas of society. Chauvinistic or
patronizing attitudes towards women are generally considered
unacceptable. Women are usually independent financially and may offer to
pay their share of a restaurant bill, for instance. A man may politely
refuse such an offer but it is equally polite to accept it.
Although a total of 5.4 million Finns, about 80 % of the population
live in urban areas in the southern part of the country, many people
have summer cottages in the countryside. Practically every Finnish house
has a sauna of its own. There are public saunas in swimming halls with
indoor swimming pools, water slides, water massage, Jacuzzi and so on.
What do you do in a sauna? To learn more visit the website of the
Finnish Sauna Society www.sauna.fi
output in Finland is among
the highest in the world.