Cultural generalizations are a tricky tool. You can read the results of large group interviews about how, for example, Swedes tend to negotiate. This may offer an insight into a new culture, but when used as a one-size-fits-all approach, generalizations can result in stereotypes. Maybe we need a new tool for measurement – vegetable scales.
The above picture is from the local grocery store. In Finland, you bag up your own vegetables, put them on a scale, press the corresponding button, and a price sticker is printed out. What has happened to numbers 94 and 102? They have been pressed by so many Finnish fingers that it looks as if the scale has been shot at.
94 – cucumber and 102 – tomato.
So the proof is in the bullet holes: There is a tendency in Finland to eat cucumbers and tomatoes, a lot.