Finns Are Becoming Better Tippers, Following the Trend in Sweden

 

A waitress pouring cafe to a high school graduate. Picture: The National Board of Antiquities

Finns are becoming more generous tippers.

According to Anna-Leena Oksanen, HR manager at A&S Restaurants, a firm that operates six restaurants in Helsinki, Finns have started to tip more in the past few years. “Giving a tip is seen as normal, even if it’s just about two or three euros,” she said in an interview for YLE.

We can trace the rising tipping trend across the border and over the Gulf of Finland to the West, where the waiters and waitresses are expecting a tip of about 10 percent. A popular way, that is also becoming in demand in Finland, is that the customer is handed the credit card machine. The customer will type in the sum that will be charged while the waiter is standing behind and breathing in the neck, eyes locked on the number to push the customer to include a fair tip.

There are still, however, many Finns that believe that leaving a tip is not necessary because the monthly paycheck of a waiter or waitress, which averages in about 1,900 euros monthly, should include all the costs.

There is also one foolproof way to make sure that a Finn will leave the restaurant without paying one cent extra. You maybe guessed it.

It’s bad service.

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