STUDYING OR VISITING LAPLAND?
I think that for foreign tourists and students who come to study to Lapland it would be helpful to know before that silence can be a part of culture. I would like people to understand that silence is not boredom. Additionally, for those who study tourism, silence could be a great tool of attraction tourists.
SILENCE AS A PART OF CULTURE
I have been living in Finland only two years but I think I definitely realized that silence in Finland is not something awkward as it perceived in “warm-hearted” nations such as Spain and Italy, but it is actually normal everyday life, and even more, a part of culture. I have been traveling a lot during last year and I changed a lot of places where I lived. I have to admit that only in Finland the word “silence” understands in the meaning of respect to each other, to animals and nature.
It seems like in Finland people are even a little bit afraid to disturb anyone because they know since their childhood that respecting personal space is crucial in relationships between each other, as well as with animal world. In Lapland people encounter with reindeers quite often but even with animals, Finns respect their personal space and way of life.
Of course, not every person can understand cultural differences and misunderstandings lead to rumors and stereotypical thinking about a certain nation. So, probably, many of us have the impression that Finns are very closed in themselves people who do not share their feelings and feel out of their zone of comfort when communicating with people who do not understand the fineness of the Finnish culture. Perhaps this is partly true. However, I have met only one example. That how the Finnish loneliness, or silence looks like.
SILENCE IS NOT BOREDOM
It always takes time to start appreciating the silence. Nevertheless, “silence” does not really mean to keep calm and sit without saying a word. Understanding the culture of silence in Finland is possible through art, Finnish way of life.
In a small Lappish village Kaukonen every summer the Silence Festival is being held. Silence gives the impression of peace and quiet. On the other hand, the word festival evokes the idea of a herd of jubilant people. The idea of this festival is bringing together northern artists from different artforms and getting together in a peaceful and inspiring surrounding. It is a great opportunity to enjoy Finnish nature which gives freedom of thinking to everyone and at the same time to know more about Finnish art. Silence can be different, always keep it in mind!
SILENCE IN TOURISM
Why do people travel? What factors drive people when they choose a tourism destination? The product has to be unique and special. Finland and especially Lapland has the advantage to offer silence in tourism! Crystal clear lakes, forests, wild animals and of course a small number of inhabitants make tourists from overpopulated areas coming to Lapland and enjoy the silence!
Isn’t it charming when a person who lives in a huge city like Shanghai or Singapore visits the land of thousands lakes and getting relaxed only because of being alone with own thoughts? In the rush and crush of modern life, the rarities are what we value most, such as space, quiet and time. The space to breathe, a time to dream… it can be found in Lapland, where the lakes are many and the people are few. Visiting Lapland once, the trip would help people to understand and start respecting personal space and silence.