Long Live the Moomins!
Moomin is probably the most known and adored Finnish icon, if not before, then right after Santa Claus.
The white, hippo-like Moomins are Finnish literature characters created by the much‐loved Swedish‐speaking Finn, writer and artist Tove Jansson in the 1940’s.
After the initial success of the comic strips and books, Moomins grew into a world-wide phenomenon through puppet animations and Japanese-style cartoons.
Today the Moomins adorn the wings of Finnair (The Official Airline of Moomins), the iconic mugs of Arabia and high-quality bedding of Finlayson, to name a few.
Moomins all around
The Moomins are not only adventuring in literature, animation, and merchandise or in films, music and theatre shows.
In Finland, the Moomins have their own hotel rooms like the Naantali Spa Moomin Story and theme parks such as The Moomin World in Naantali.
They also have their own Moomin Museum in Tampere and numerous gallery and museum exhibitions around the country every year.
the LOVE FOR LIGHTHOUSES
A real “Moomin place” to visit, however, would be a lighthouse island such as Söderskar or Bengtskär.
Bengtskär especially has been considered by some to be the setting for the book Moominpappa and the Sea.
TOVE 100 years
Year 2014 is an exciting year for Moomin fans as it marks the 100th anniversary of Tove Jansson.
Finland will be full of Moomin activities throughout the year that is called “Tove 100”.
One of the most exciting ones perhaps being the Finnish National Gallery Ateneum’s major centenary exhibition that presents Jansson’s impressive career like never seen before.
The exhibition will take place from 14 March to 7 September 2014.
For other “Tove 100″ events visit the website (see related links).
Full of interesting contrasts, such as the four seasons, the Midnight Sun and winter darkness, urban and rural, East and West.