We Finns have a strange fascination for Ireland, and have had for ages – at least since the times of Riverdance. I think it’s a clear case of ‘opposites attract’: Irish are well-known for being big conversationalist, never short of words and always up for a good laugh, whereas we Finns seem to delve in solitude, quietness, and introspection.
Well, these are the stereotypes, and obviously you come across a quiet Irish (there’s a film about the man isn’t there?) and a chatty Finn every once in a while (although that film is yet to be seen). But the fact is that the noise level in an average Irish bank around noon equals to the noise level in an average Finnish pub during the happy hour.