Long Live the Moomins!
Moomin is probably the most known and adored Finnish icon, if not before, then right after Santa Claus.
The loveable Moomin family has melt millions of little – but also a bit larger – hearts since 1945. And you can still meet them happy and well in their home in Finland.
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 mysterious sea and a positive mindset
A real “Moomin place” to visit, however, would be a lighthouse island such as Söderskar or Bengtskär – as especially the former has been considered by some to be the setting for the book Moominpappa and the Sea.
Although most of the Moomin stories take place in Moominvalley – a generally peaceful and breathtakingly beautiful place where everyone is welcome and magical garden parties continue long into the white, warm summer night – some adventures are set further away.
Moominpappa and the sea seems to be inspired by Tove Jansson spending a great part of her life on the Pellinge islands east of Helsinki, Southern Coast of Finland. In the far-end islands, the nature and weather affected life in many different ways, bringing along daily surprises and challenges. It was from this creative, real island life that Jansson contrasted some of the situations and characters straight into the Moomins.
A positive mind and an open soul when facing those hardships are, however, the ingredients that have made the Moomins live so long, maybe forever.
Full of interesting contrasts, such as the four seasons, the Midnight Sun and winter darkness, urban and rural, East and West.