Finland is often considered to be a nation of introverts, and the Finnish people are usually the first to make fun of themselves about it. "An introverted Finn looks at his shoes when talking to you," goes a popular Finnish joke about their personality types. "An extroverted Finn looks at your shoes.”

You don't need to be from The Land of the Midnight Sun, however, to appreciate Finnish Nightmares, a series of funny comics created by Finnish artist Karoliina Korhonen. After all, who doesn't feel at least a tiny bit of social anxiety when standing in an elevator with a stranger? Or what about that awkward moment when you accidentally touch the salesperson while collecting your change? A real horror story for the anti-social Finn. See below for more examples of socially awkward situations that all Scandinavian people and introverts, no matter where they're from, will relate to.

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Kjorn 2 years ago

i'm totally like that

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over opinionated 2 years ago

“Drive by sampling" just grab one day thanks and keep walking...

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over opinionated 2 years ago

I can't take a compliment either for some reason... I just play it off and change the subject...

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

Not me! I LOVE when that happens = more space!

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Dzintra Baumane 2 years ago

It's just me!

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Sua Kang 2 years ago

I think I would have survived in Finland. Boy they gotta take a bus here during rush hours and embrace...everyone...

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Luis Milian 2 years ago

or just pray to all the gods that someone else has the same stop as you and wait for them to yell.

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Amanda Pack 2 years ago

Also when you run into someone you know unexpectedly. Sometimes I pretend to not see them and get away.

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Amit Kachroo 2 years ago

hahahahahh...that's so true about finns :)

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Luis Milian 2 years ago

usually one looks down and the other up to the numbers

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.gas. 2 years ago

I do this all the time. The thing is, they ask you when you first walk in, so of course you don't need help until you actually start shopping.

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Crystal Vaughan 2 years ago

Or 'tell me about yourself'. My mind immediately goes 'AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'

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Daniela Fernandes 2 years ago

That's me, I use to move a little bit further from the person so (s)he doesn't have to touch me but the person get closer... One day I'll get hit by a car or fall into the metro rails idk.

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Emma Lyon 2 years ago

Or waiting in a queue in the bank

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Katarzyna Cz 2 years ago

Lucky I'm not Finnish, I always just take food as soon as I see it :P

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Daniela Fernandes 2 years ago

I know that feel! Sometimes I go away without being noticed, and sometimes I'm really not noticed. So sad x'D

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Shruti Naik 2 years ago

haha.. exactly this a few days ago on my promotion... I was really happy and kept wondering why everyone said I didn't look happy...

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.gas. 2 years ago

Do you actually have to 'hail' buses in Finland? Here, we have designated stops. They won't even stop unless you're at one!

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Enxari Krux 2 years ago

Can't relate to this. Someone not accepting your generosity can be quite annoying.

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Anne Nyman 2 years ago

The usual way is to start stirring, take out your gloves, cough. I hate it! Oh and of course there is the option of just getting suddenly up at your bus stop without saying anything and charging through.

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Anick Lavictoire 2 years ago

This.

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Saima Nisbet 2 years ago

I usually laugh at myself if that happens.

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Daniela Fernandes 2 years ago

I must have some Finnish blood in my veins. I have to check that out!

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

I'd rather catch pneumonia and die, than engage in idle chit chat with a complete stranger!

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Cecilia Farina 2 years ago

That can make me upset for hours

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Ilona Bencze Gál 2 years ago

I hate it. It sounds for me like: "Do you want to buy something seriously or just make a mess here?" Somtimes I just look around to see what is available in that shop and when I really need it I just go in and buy it. If I need help, I can ask for help, you don't need to ask me.

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Jeannine Porod 2 years ago

At least you can speak a second language!

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Co exist 2 years ago

Actually I tend to look down, smile awkwardly and say "thanks" lol

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Pia Eerikäinen 2 years ago

OH MY GOD, THIS! The worst. These are all pretty dead on for us Finns, but this one really gets me.

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Katica Burony 2 years ago

I go to a different shop :D

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Janie Due 2 years ago

Omg thats me. I tought I was the only one. I live in Italy and this is seen as you have some kind of mental disorder . i tought I was a crazy weirdo t.t I wish I were born in Finland

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Sarah Joseph 2 years ago

I hate this so much! People trying to sell you something do it all the time - it's taught as a method of 'building rapport' - which will instantly kill my desire to buy whatever they are selling, even if I desperately need it!

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Lilya 2 years ago

You don't know that stranger.

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Jamal W 2 years ago

Some ppl are just dicks!

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Ian Ehrhart 2 years ago

This is why I live alone

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Dave Grim 2 years ago

This kills me

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Daniela Fernandes 2 years ago

Shaking inside. But it gets worse when I open my hands to get the change and they put it in the table... Sometimes it takes time to pick up the coins... They get stuck on the surface and there I am blushing as hell!

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Risto Laitinen 2 years ago

That damn bus that is always 10 minutes late... except when you are 5 minutes late yourself!

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Addie Tamsyn-Hunter 2 years ago

Yeah! Riding on polar bears and listening to metal. That's epic! I want to do that every day of my life. 😂😂😂

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Flora Polvado 2 years ago

I thought this was everyone's nightmare

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KateandAllison HW 2 years ago

I let most strangers think I have a husband when in fact I have a wife cause I don't wanna embarass their assumptions or come out to a stranger I will never see again. We both do it!

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KateandAllison HW 2 years ago

That's not embarrassing that awesome! I love snow.

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Sami Sipilä 2 years ago

I usually just tremble in the corner and keep the door triple locked ;_;

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Daniela Fernandes 2 years ago

Nope, I like when it's a person totally grabbed to her/his phone. Muahahahah!

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Michał Sienkiewicz 2 years ago

Ahhh, bottle recycling machines... Briliant thing to save up to 10 euros for bigger shopping or some night out ;)

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Addie Tamsyn-Hunter 2 years ago

I love Finland. <3

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Carly Noelle 2 years ago

It's not the lack of milk that's nightmarish, it's the fact that you just asked for something thwy don't have.

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Master Markus 2 years ago

It looks more like chocolate to me.

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Hannah Hollowell 2 years ago

What's vappu???

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