Finland, Cultural Lone Wolf

Richard D. Lewis (Author)


Finland: the world's best-kept secret
Finland, Cultural Lone Wolf is the story of an accomplished nation and her extraordinary people. Pursuing a "Lone Wolf" policy, Finland raised itself from a struggling, war-battered state in 1945 to one of the most developed countries in the world.

The exponential rise of Nokia from tire and timbers to leading the world's telecommunication industry is indicative of the Finns and their characteristic business style. These remarkable people speak a language unique in its origins and have kept their cultural identity intact despite the influences of powerful neighbors, Sweden and Russia.

Uniquely qualified to write about Finalnd, best-selling author Richard Lewis traces the fascinating Finnish origins, as well as her history, geography, values and culture. His extensive experience with Finnish business provides him with keen insight on leadership style, negotiation strategies and the uniquely Finnish suomi-kuva (Finland image). And Lewis shines when describing Finnish humor, complete with hilarious jokes and stories. Finland, Cultural Lone Wolf shows a nation and a writer at their best.

Product Details

Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Publish Date
November 25, 2004
6.0 X 0.8 X 9.0 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Richard Lewis is the chairman of Richard Lewis Communications, an international institute of cross-cultural and language training with offices in over 30 countries. He founded the quarterly magazine Cross Culture in 1989 and is heavily involved in the intercultural field, lecturing in countries from Finland to Hong Kong and working with companies as diverse as Fiat, IBM, Nokia, Andersen Consulting and Nestle. He lives near Winchester, and is one of Britain's foremost linguists, speaking 12 languages - and spent 5 years in Japan, where he was tutor to the Imperial Family.


Lewis attributes Finnish achievements in the last century to the culture rather than to political or business prowess.--Reference & Research Book News
Richard Lewis brings his extensive knowledge of Finland to a wide audience, capturing the mystery and setting the context for its continued success. Finland, Cultural Lone Wolf is a book of many insights - about Finland and the world beyond.--Matthew Kirk, British Ambassador to Finland
Having worked in Finland for the last twenty years, Richard Lewis's book is the best I have ever read on Finns and their culture. Finland, Cultural Lone Wolf is a fine appreciation of a fine people. For those wishing to better understand our northernmost EU neighbor, it is compulsory and compelling reading.--John Stuttard, Chairman, Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce, Senior Client Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Alderman, City of London
It is absolutely amazing how well Richard Lewis can penetrate the Finnish soul.--Pertti Salolainen, Ambassador of Finland in the United Kingdom
With warmth and humor, Richard D. Lewis shows how Finland has emerged as one of the top leaders in the high-tech world of international business and become a respected player in the EU. Highly informative for anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of Finns and how they think, communicate and do business.--Ulla Ladau-Harjulin, Lecturer in Intercultural Communication, FRSA, Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki, Finland