Bus seats in Finland - for the unsocial people, like me.
Rule number one in Finnish public transport culture: Don’t sit next to anyone. Unless the seats are like this.
In every other cases fill the spots from window seats. Then standing up seats. If the bus gets crowded sit next to someone but sit as far as possible from the other person and turn your head to look to the completely different direction. Don’t say a word.
And if you’re the one sitting next to window pray all the gods that the other person leaves before you, because otherwise you’d have to speak to him/her. Usually it’s something like “Umm..ileavenow”. Remember, no sorries or smiles. Just say it as low and fast as possible without making any eye contact.
legit advise for people visiting finland. that “ileavenow” is “mä jään täs” in finnish. it’s okay if you don’t pronounce it perfectly right because the only reason someone would talk to strangers in public transport is to ask them to move, so they will get the hint.
BUT! usually just things like putting your phone away and rustling your bag and looking like you are about to leave will do the trick. no need for words.
….and this is how you wait for a bus in finland:
Reblogging because of that picture. So true. And familiar.
This is the most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen…what the actual fuck. It almost seems like a joke but I feel like it’s actually serious????
*googles plane fares to finland*
Welcome, friends. We will not look at you, nor will we talk to you. But welcome.
#they make the british look social
I feel like there are days when I would love it and days when it would depress me.
But to be honest it’s not that different here? I mean I guess maybe less awkward but generally nobody likes socializing while on the bus or waiting for the bus. And people avoid sitting next to each other as much as possible.
I was in Finland last summer and I was on a tram with an american friend and we were a bit lost (we were actually on the right tram but wrong direction, damn finnish names lol) and a very nice woman asked us if we needed help and where we needed to go and even asked the driver which tram we should have taken because they were doing some work on a line and it was really nice and unexpected. I don’t know where I was going with this but this post reminded me of it :) but yeah don’t be scared of finnish people on public transportation I guess hahah