Tuesday, 12 June 2018 12:20

Bulgarian format vs Finnish format...

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Hello, those of you who have already browsed through newfinns.com, may have noticed that during the process of severe harassment and discrimination against me and my family (look point 3…), I have been diagnosed...with bipolar disorder+^...as well.. Then in another one of my  articles (look the last three paragraphs…) I have tried to state that, surely by growing up within two cultures, the Bulgarian and the Finnish ones, I have developed a kind of multicultural personality, compiling in my best believe - the best features of both… Said in other words, yes because of the often great cultural differences between these two countries, I have a kind of bulgarian and a kind of finnish personality and here I’ll try to explain it for the monocultural people and not only…

Hence by Bulgarian format I mean the set of cultural, organizational, national and so on norms, that form and shape the understanding and behaviour of the bulgarians as well as their productivity and life-action outcomes...And respectively by Finnish format I mean the, norms, values, beliefs, traditions and so on, forming the pool of the finnish cultural behavioral and economical type. Starting backwards in another of my articles I’ve tried to characterize the finnish cultural and societal space, so have a look at it...  Compared to it, the bulgarian cultural, societal and personality set is a kind of more individualistic, masculine and oriental… Such where the general momentum of “chaos” is higher…and where the personality based and emotionally oriented norms, form a substantial part of the bulgarian personality and society set…So for clarity, let me try to present you a table containing chosen by me cultural, societal and economical dimensions of the bipolarity pools: 

Bulgarian format

Finnish format

Personalities - southern, more emotional, individualistic and oriental types...The masculinity and the patriarhat are somehow predominant… Orthodoxy and slavonic dimensions also play part… Conservatism towards traditions may play part… Exebitionism in terms of show your best clothes, cars, phones etc...is rather evident. Personal freedom and space - not very highly appreciated...

Personalities - northern, introvert..., collectively shaped, often described as cold by the southern people...Femininity and liberalism are kind of predominant. Protestantism(Luther) and Swedish-German-Russian features evident. Visual modesty is rather a norm…Personal freedom and space - respected and rather tolerated..., yet if clashed with collectivism, the latter prevails... 

Society - rather individualistic, southern-balkan type...Not necessarily civil, such where the word-on-mouth and the given feedback, influence decision making at the business and political stage...

Society - strongly collective, such where the subjugation of the individual to a group—whether to a race, class or state leads... “Collectivism holds that man must be chained to collective action and collective thought for the sake of what is called “the common good. ” Closer to collectively civil society...

Trust in the institutions - very vague to absent, which is really sad… I also often have the “feeling” that in the institutions I often face personality-based service and behaviour, instead of organizational culture and legally based such… Something like you never know what will happen and how long would it take...

Trust in the institutions - very strong which is generally very good...Yet the institutions and their clerks are often so powerful, that form a kind of “institutional-democracy”, in which the small individual is back-staged and often suppressed...

Friendships - very important and favour-minded… In the Bulgarian format one relies more to her/his friends and family than to the institutions and the state….

Friendships - important, but secondary to collectivism and institutions… If you have a problem you call to the institutions, not your friends or even family...

Family - very important, often the core dimension of a life-philosophy… Also often the family type is predominantly masculine, such where the man is presumed money-maker and the women a host and child-carer… The kids...might never leave home in the Scandinavian manner…

Family - important, but the degrees of personal freedoms and space are greater...The femininity and masculinity rolls might be intertwined...The kids are supposed to leave home around their 20ies and start living independently…

Schedules/Appointments - rather chaotic, such where the leading principle is “do it at the last moment” and “so what if it doesn’t happen…”...

Schedules/Appointments - sharp and strictly kept, often leading the scheme of one’s personal decision making... The leading principle is rather “if you agreed, just do it...”

Paying taxes - statistically flat and very law...Mentally unimportant and often overlapped with sense of kind of “success”... The leading principle is something like “everything for me and now…”

Paying taxes - progressive and very high, could reach over 60+ % of the personal salary income...Mentally very important part of the collective and through it personal success...The leading principle is something like “that’s how we care for each other...”

Nationalism - averaged to rather vague shadows of the past...

Nationalism - regrettably strong, especially in the late years  

Road deaths 2017 - 678 ...source

Road deaths 2017 - around 295 ...source

Size - 110 994 km2; Population - 7,1 mln; Gdp per capita (2016) 7 350,80 USD

Size - 338 424 km2; Population 5,1 mln ; Gdp per capita (2016) 43 090,25 USD

So I hope that given my knowledge and personal experience from both sides of the coin of my multicultural personality, I am really “expected” to see the world and behave through different prisms of life in the two cultural, economical and societal spaces… So I’ve decided to take a different “golden-line” called New Finns, Bulgarians and Europeans...which...is not at all an easy one....  

P.S. If I have to sum it up I stand for "diversity is richness"...As at it's good side we live in a world, where the cultural and scientific heritage of the humanity is multicultural outcome of productive intercultural collaboration… Where even the blindest national-socialists or other blindly prejudiced radicals calculate with Arabic (1,2,3...) and Roman (I,II,III...) numbers, write with predominantly Latin (envisioning the western world...) letters and use pretty much US lead technologies on produced or lately also developed in ...China..., ...Japan..., ...South Korea... and so devices... Plus I personally admire the eastern set of ...moral and emotional values and norms, which are also a part of myself...and beyond...

And of course never forget God/Nature/Universe, ...we... are only a small part of Him/It not vise versa...

P.S.2 Bicycle-riders...in the cities...in this regard Finland is a kind of better organised, I mean that the bicycle-paths are much better located and marked...yet in both cases, Finland and Bulgaria alike I consider the bicycle-riders on the pedestrian areas a problem and danger for the pedestrians… A recent example could be a case since about 2 days ago, when a young male…(presumably…), negligently…? scratched my left elbow on a pedestrian path not marked at all for bicyclers...He didn’t stop after the contact, even did not look back...I did… However a much bigger problem according to me is that, without making a complaint, I asked a policeman, what the Police would do in such case...and it was difficult for him to give a clear answer (he is a very nice guy! and I believe policeman)...

Look the bigger problem is that with such “negligible” behaviour, this young guy/woman...will get after that in the car...and the result quite possibly could be as it is...injuries and deaths on the road...

Kind regards, Rosti…. 

 

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