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
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5 years ago

i'm totally like that

Papu Bell
Community Member
5 years ago

that's me all the way

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Daniela Fernandes
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5 years ago

When I go into that TALKATIVE neighbor and I say "Hello!" while walking fast, and she starts telling me her whole life and I say "I have to catch the bus, it's almost there. Sorry, bye, see you later. Sorry." and I end up waiting shitloads of time for the said bus and she's there staring at me.

Hans
Community Member
5 years ago

Worse: when you are finished on your stall but someome is still washing hands in the bathroom?

Tina
Community Member
5 years ago

I thought I was the only one who did that!

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Marton Lakatos
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5 years ago

When you want to leave your room, but your flatmate is in the living room/shared space

Fennecca Feline
Community Member
5 years ago

I thought I was the only one!

Aegon VI Targaryen
Community Member
5 years ago

i thought this was common practice

Jimmy Crawford
Community Member
5 years ago

Im not Finnish and Im like this all the time.

Ege Gursoy
Community Member
5 years ago

I was probably born in the wrong country, I must be a Finnish cause this is typical me listening the hallway through the door and wait people to go to elevator. even to think about sharing the elevator and a possibility of small talk give me goosebumps.

ozzy ceth
Community Member
5 years ago

you surely know which proverb i do intend to write here that belongs to your country. Just smile and say hi and do not use elevators. :)

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Barbara Ellen Young
Community Member
5 years ago

I remember when i first got married, moved to CA with my new husband. He was gone to work every day and I was a lone. I was terrified. I would peek out the door and if no one was out there I'd run down to the mailbox and run back up. After I was there for a while I got so I could go to the store on my own. I was walking down the upstairs "hallway" outside, and someone else had her door open. I could see her doing some golf putting. She saw me and ran over and closed the door. She was as terrified as I was. We were a bunch of young women, closed off in our apartments, while our husbands were on base. How sad that we could not get together and be friends.

Corrado Galimberti
Community Member
5 years ago

It's easy... and most of all, it's simply up to you ;)

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geraldo costa
Community Member
5 years ago

Finnish should live at least 3 months in Brazil... they will overcome all that!

Maxim Filimonov
Community Member
5 years ago

Is it still a nightmare if your neighbor doesn't want to talk to you, either?

Corrado Galimberti
Community Member
5 years ago

It depends... Anyway, not for Finnish, it seems

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Rikke Chr.
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5 years ago

Guilty! 😄

Berni Birke
Community Member
5 years ago

Got me :)

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Nerzes
Community Member
2 months ago

neighbors always want to talk its horrible

Nerzes
Community Member
2 months ago

yeah im finnish

ADDchallengedINFP-T
Community Member
5 months ago

I know that one.

Levens
Community Member
2 years ago

I must be Finnish ;-)

Adria Sorensen
Community Member
2 years ago

ha ha ha. what's really horrendous is when they see you peeping through the shades outside (if you live in a house).

Adria Sorensen
Community Member
2 years ago

ha ha ha. yes, even more horrendifying if they see you peeping out your window. : )

Thomas Bayner
Community Member
2 years ago

so am I and I'm an extrovert

Debra Keller
Community Member
3 years ago

I live in the U.S. and I hide out until there are neighbors around anywhere, even when I want to check the mail.

A. TDC
Community Member
3 years ago

Well, I'm like that but I'm not Finnish.

LaurieAnn Charest
Community Member
4 years ago

Yup.

Kaylie Mason
Community Member
5 years ago

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Cynthia Paxton
Community Member
5 years ago

That's me !

Sara Fina
Community Member
5 years ago

So, if so many of you are like this (so am I, too)... How come none of my neighbours are like this??? Did I just win the "lottery" with them or what? Pffff.

Theresa Kuper
Community Member
5 years ago

Me

KateandAllison HW
Community Member
5 years ago

I'm like this when neighbours are out the front of their houses!

Hannah Hollowell
Community Member
5 years ago

For me its' like the mailman or a package deliverer

Kirsten Lee
Community Member
5 years ago

yes lol

Aaron Wallentine
Community Member
5 years ago

i'm just curious, how/why is this specifically Finnish?

Rainer Wahlsten
Community Member
5 years ago

That's why I'm living in a detached house...

The Alchemist
Community Member
5 years ago

Could be worse. I was locked out of my hotel room waiting for my roommate to get a key, then the four year old from across the hall started running up and down the hall naked.

Irene Walton
Community Member
5 years ago

never heard of this, interesting

Puddin Tane
Community Member
5 years ago

So me! Every time! Or I try to beat her out the door.

Tsufan
Community Member
5 years ago

living this in the past 6 years ;_;

Maaret Sinkko
Community Member
5 years ago

Guilty

Katrina Rodriguez
Community Member
5 years ago

Omg- too real

geraldo costa
Community Member
5 years ago

ahhhh :0

Kami
Community Member
5 years ago

It's like this everywhere?

Helen Ankudinova
Community Member
5 years ago

so me :)

Helen Ankudinova
Community Member
5 years ago

so me :)

varwenea
Community Member
5 years ago

Oh wow, I do this too.

Lucretia Coleman
Community Member
5 years ago

Lord God YES!

Sonja Grubbs
Community Member
5 years ago

Me...

Lauri Kare
Community Member
5 years ago

Well, our Mrs neighbor are waiting in their porch and looking at the window when we are leaving. It's fucking creepy when she notices that we are walking cross way and our eyes meet, then she turn her head up and sideways.

Karen Burell
Community Member
5 years ago

That could be and often is me

Niềng Răng Lăng Xăng
Community Member
5 years ago

I have too many neighbors oh god ;_;

Anna Ada
Community Member
5 years ago

that´s me O_o

Vojtěch Svoboda
Community Member
5 years ago

Sneak around the corner and take the stairs

Happy Ghost
Community Member
5 years ago

I only hated this when I was younger.

Rodrigo Gonzalez
Community Member
5 years ago

yup

over opinionated
Community Member
5 years ago

Every single time...

.gas.
Community Member
5 years ago

The neighbor looks friendly.

kat lia
Community Member
5 years ago

ok, that's me. and that's how i looked like.

Цоа Домановић
Community Member
5 years ago

WTF this is totally wierd and makes no sense

Daria La Torre
Community Member
5 years ago

Ist me:)

Daria La Torre
Community Member
5 years ago

It's

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over opinionated
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5 years ago

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

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over opinionated
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5 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
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5 years ago

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

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Dzintra Baumane
Community Member
5 years ago

It's just me!

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Sua Kang
Community Member
5 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
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5 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
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5 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
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5 years ago

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

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Luis Milian
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5 years ago

usually one looks down and the other up to the numbers

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.gas.
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5 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
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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Daniela Fernandes
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 years ago

Or waiting in a queue in the bank

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Katarzyna Cz
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5 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
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 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.
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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Anne Nyman
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 years ago

This.

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Saima Nisbet
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5 years ago

I usually laugh at myself if that happens.

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Daniela Fernandes
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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Joyce Mulder
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5 years ago

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Amanda Panda
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5 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
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5 years ago

That can make me upset for hours

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Ilona Bencze Gál
Community Member
5 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
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5 years ago

At least you can speak a second language!

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Co exist
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5 years ago

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

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Pia Eerikäinen
Community Member
5 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
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5 years ago

I go to a different shop :D

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Janie Due
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 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
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5 years ago

You don't know that stranger.

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Jamal W
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5 years ago

Some ppl are just dicks!

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Ian Ehrhart
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5 years ago

This is why I live alone

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Dave Grim
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5 years ago

This kills me

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Daniela Fernandes
Community Member
5 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
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5 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
Community Member
5 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
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5 years ago

I thought this was everyone's nightmare

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KateandAllison HW
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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Sami Sipilä
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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Daniela Fernandes
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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Michał Sienkiewicz
Community Member
5 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
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5 years ago

I love Finland. <3

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Carly Noelle
Community Member
5 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
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5 years ago

It looks more like chocolate to me.

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Hannah Hollowell
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5 years ago

What's vappu???

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