I have collected here some texts about personal space from diffirent Internet pages and blogs..
“In Finland we have this thing called personal space. And we need lots of it. As you know, Finland is in the north of Europe and there’s only so much as 5 million people living here. That’s pretty few considering how big our country is. As we have been living here for quite some time we have developed ourselves a need of personal space.
When you come to Finland you will pretty soon run into the personal space issue. When waiting for bus, we stand at the opposite sides of the bus stop, if possible. In lunch cafeteria we sit at other end of the table. And if you go to any event you’ll find out that people fill the place (not logically, no, but) one in every three seats. It makes only sense in the context that we are so used to having space around, we tend to keep it that way as long as possible.
On the other hand, as we tend to keep strangers at least an arm’s lenght away, the ones we let to get closer must be somehow special. So if you’re lucky enough to be allowed to a Finn’s personal space you ought to feel at least a bit proud. :) “