She’d just returned from a conference in Finland, we spoke about the language barrier and I learned that Finnish is one of those languages that doesn’t relate to any other language, it stands alone and its origins cannot be traced. I said ‘hopefully it won’t die’ she said ‘I doubt it, there’s a feeling of Nationalism among the Finnish’, and I said ‘Tis the season for Nationalism’ which brought us round to the referendum: the excitement of seeing people truly engaged, passions running high, the possibility of a new future. I told her how we had woken at 5am to hear the result. We compared Finland to Scotland and she said that in Finland people seemed generally happier: happy at work, wages were decent, services provided, and the system worked well.
An article by Lesley Riddoch from 2011 seems relevant here.
Have a happy day!