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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.gas.
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4 years ago

The neighbor looks friendly.

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over opinionated
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4 years ago

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

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.gas.
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4 years ago

Some never get praised at work.

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Amanda Panda
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4 years ago

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

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Dzintra Baumane
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4 years ago

It's just me!

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Kjorn
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4 years ago

ahahha... so true. sitting beside someone suck.

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Luis Milian
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4 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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Rob LeBlanc
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4 years ago

This one I can relate to. Most people who do this are weirdos.

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Amit Kachroo
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4 years ago

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

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Chuchip Conley
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4 years ago

the worst

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.gas.
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4 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
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4 years ago

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

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Audrey Jolicoeur
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4 years ago

Eurk eurk eurk eurk GET AWAY!!!

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Rodrigo Gonzalez
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4 years ago

yup

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Katarzyna Cz
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4 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
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4 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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Enxari Krux
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4 years ago

This.

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.gas.
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4 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!

Taru Pesonen
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4 years ago

Oftenly there are many different bus lines stopping at the same stop, so it's necessary to wave or the bus driver won't know which bus you're waiting for.

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Kathleen Grace
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4 years ago

I went into a restaurant for lunch and realized I'd made a mistake, it was a very pricey place, but I stayed and had lunch anyway - didn't want to embarrass myself by leaving

Annett Vikstrand
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1 year ago

In my city, buses normally stop, even if I am just standing at the bus stop/waiting for another bus. If I try to look very disinterested, they do not stop. I have lived in many cities in different parts of Norway, and buses normally stop if you just walk closer to the curb and look interested. But in another city in Northern Norway, some years ago, a bus driver got mad at me for not hailing him - he could not know that it was his bus that I made myself ready to board, there might be a bus behind him too "Several bus routes stop here!!!" (there was no bus anywhere behind his).

Jenny Bennington
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2 years ago

Actually I got lost a lot because of this.

Ann Bustgaard
Community Member
4 years ago

That sucks :') Or u click the stop button too early, and u feel like u have to go of the bus.

ida rozsa
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4 years ago

what!!?? that's a nightmare, I mean the hailing part! buses just stop in my country, thank god.

Janice Fahrney-Rudeen
Community Member
4 years ago

Yeah! Yes! So awful

Heikki Klemola
Community Member
4 years ago

The buses in Finland stop their designated stops only if someone inside has pressed the stop button or if a person at the bus stop hails the bus to stop. This is probably because many bus stops have several different lines that stop on it and this system reduces the unnecessary stops a bus has to take making everything more efficient.

Julita Aes
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4 years ago

What if you can't see very well? I mean the number of the bus.

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Helen Purvis
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4 years ago

You still have to put your hand out for the bus to stop...

over opinionated
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4 years ago

Here we have multiple numbers for a single stop when routes interconnect and people don't wave on the bus they don't want and get mad at the driver for stopping... we might need a better system

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Enxari Krux
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4 years ago

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

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Anne Nyman
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4 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
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4 years ago

This.

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Anne Nyman
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4 years ago

I' m fine! (Meaning, please, just leave and let me cope with the shame!)

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Daniela Fernandes
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4 years ago

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

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.gas.
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4 years ago

Time for four forks!

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Amanda Panda
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4 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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4 years ago

That can make me upset for hours

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Ilona Bencze Gál
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4 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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4 years ago

At least you can speak a second language!

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Co exist
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4 years ago

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

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Annika Kauppinen
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4 years ago

Very annoying, why yell at long distance arrggh 😁

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Zeeshan Jamal
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4 years ago

I don't go back at all. If i go back i feel more weird.

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Gabriella Nagy
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4 years ago

who is interested in small talks anyway? if you care, ask and listen, if you don't, just don't bother..!

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Sarah Joseph
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4 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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Daniela Fernandes
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4 years ago

Creepy people, dude! They're all over there!

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Jamal W
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4 years ago

Some ppl are just dicks!

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KateandAllison HW
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4 years ago

Get this a lot but don't wanna be petty but why can't they just be quiet and let me enjoy my quiet life???

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Vicki AKA v23474
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4 years ago

Yes! I hate this too. Although I now make a point of ignoring these machines and going to a regular check out.

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Anne Nyman
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4 years ago

NO WAY will this happen. I am in customer service and we talk about the horror if someone touches yours. What's even worse, sometimes it seems intentional! The pervs!

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Co exist
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4 years ago

Public transport it's always a surprise :)

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Addie Tamsyn-Hunter
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4 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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4 years ago

I thought this was everyone's nightmare

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Enxari Krux
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4 years ago

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How is that embarrasing?

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KateandAllison HW
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4 years ago

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

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Andra Andr
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4 years ago

it's not a thing anywhere else but usa i think

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Daniela Fernandes
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4 years ago

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

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Michał Sienkiewicz
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4 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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4 years ago

I love Finland. <3

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Carly Noelle
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4 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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Enxari Krux
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4 years ago

I love this dessert! In Sweden we call it "memma".

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M.J. J.
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4 years ago

Have a battery acid drink and wear the hat!

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