While there are many similarities between Finland and Estonia, the differences matter! Petteri shares how moving to Tallinn was a practical choice for his business and life: "It's just 76 Kilometers but a world of difference, so there are many good reasons to come here."
Originally from Lahti, Finland, Petteri moved to Tallinn four and a half years ago with plans to start his own business in the more entrepreneur-friendly Estonia. "I'm allergic to bureaucracy and the Finnish bureaucracy for entrepreneurs is just ridiculous. It's painfully absurd in many areas."
Now, after living here with his wife and two rescue dogs for quite some time, Petteri points out several similarities and differences between Estonia and Finland that extend much further than just business culture. While several aspects of life in Estonia have proven to be, as Petteri expected, quite similar to life in Finland, he did mention some distinct differences between the average Estonian and the average Finn.
The first shock was how respectful Estonian drivers are towards pedestrians. "I was totally baffled at first when I was not even crossing the street yet and the cars are stopping already. Except if they have Finnish plates of course." Conversely, he pointed out that, in Estonia, drivers don't give each other enough space or use turn signals to respect fellow drivers as they would in Finland.