DOING BUSINESS HERE AND THERE

Business is one of the fields where Finland and South Africa are worlds apart. As entrepreneurs, we’ve had the pleasure of doing business in both, as well as witnessing Finnish companies doing business in South Africa and South Africans doing business in Finland. FINLAND IN SOUTH AFRICA Most Finnish companies are completely in love with […]

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AN ACCIDENT

There probably aren’t too many parents for primary school aged kids in Finland, who to at least some degree don’t get chills, when “There is a message for you in Wilma” pops up on the screen. Getting a message with subject “Accident today” definitely was one causing chills. Although my instant first reaction was did […]

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FLASHBACKS

We left South Africa only a few days after our last big South African roadtrip. Whether it was denial, living in a moment, or just plain hurry, the end result was certain things turning into loose ends. One of them was our beloved and trustworthy companion, our Kia. Faithfully serving us for more than 100,000 […]

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10 WHYS

Some random thoughts from “Africa”. Now that I live in “Europe”, I’m allowing myself making some previously-stupid generalisations. Both ways. So this is a collection of random wonderings from the past week. Why do people in Africa smile and laugh so much? Why is alcohol such a huge issue in Finland? Why do we take […]

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MIXED FEELINGS

NEGATIVE MIXED TIA. According to Wikipedia In Africa, there’s a saying “TIA” meaning “This Is Africa” – term of endearment/explanation typically used when tourists from western countries visit Africa, or expats work in Africa, to shrug off power shut downs, old technology, slow pace of business, questionable business ethics and dealings etc. I used to […]

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