The Moomins are Here!

For the very first time, the beloved Moomin characters in the Moomin Animations: Thrills and Cuddles exhibit are traveling across the ocean to the United States! Larger-than-life Moomin characters will fill the National Children’s Museum in Washington, DC Visitors Gallery with joy and discovery thru January 9, 2022. The exhibit is on loan from the Moomin Museum in Tampere, Finland, the only such museum in the world; it is brought to Washington by the Embassy of Finland. The exhibit highlights the rich history of Moomin animations, which are based on the Moomin books and comic strips created by the renowned Finnish artist and author Tove Jansson (1914–2001).

FinnSource Hiring Website Coordinator

Posted June 30, 2021 Finlandia Foundation Twin Cities/FinnSource is hiring a part-time Website Coordinator! We are looking to fill a part-time paid role as website coordinator, 3-5 hrs/wk for up to 20 hrs/mo. Download the position description here (pdf) for all the details. July 9th is the closing date for Applications, with a start date as soon as possible once a candidate is selected. Email info@finnsource.org with questions. FinnSource’s mission is to seek to elevate the visibility of and promote connections to contemporary Finland in Minnesota, and invite all generations of the community to participate in events and opportunities of interest. Our online presence through

Finland is Again the World’s Happiest Country

Finland, for the fourth consecutive year, topped a list of countries evaluated on the well-being of their inhabitants. Finns embrace depictions of themselves as melancholic and reserved — a people who mastered social distancing long before the pandemic. A popular local saying goes, “Happiness will always end in tears.” But for four consecutive years, Finland has been named the happiest country in the world by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which publishes an annual report evaluating the happiness of people around the world. Read more in the New York Times article about What Makes a Happy Country?

Finnish PM named among TIME Magazine’s Next 100 Most Influential People

“I have yet to meet Sanna Marin in person, because the COVID-19 pandemic has thwarted our tradition of Nordic leaders meeting regularly. Instead of meeting face-to-face, we have kick-started our vision of being digital front runners and met online. I watched virtually as Sanna began her role as Prime Minister of Finland, taking office just weeks before the country’s first case of corona­virus was diagnosed in January 2020. New to the job, Sanna did not have much of a honeymoon period, but she adapted quickly. By implementing a lockdown in March and banning travel in parts of the country, Sanna helped to keep corona­virus case