Searching for something to bring home from Finland, but not inspired by touristy knickknacks?
Pay a visit to the airport bookstore and grab one of these Finnish literary treats:
A Classic: Väinö Linna – Unknown Soldier
Linna’s Unknown Soldier is one of the all-time top sellers in Finnish literature. Set in the 1940s, during the Continuation War between Finland and the Soviet Union, this tale of ordinary men in battle is beloved by Finns not only for its endearing characters but also because of Linna’s expert storytelling and clever language.
For foodies: Teresa Välimäki and Johanna Lindholm – Helsinki Cook Book
For culinary enthusiasts and aesthetes, this cookbook combining pure Nordic flavors with stylish imagery of the small but trendy Finnish capital is the perfect choice.
Fun facts about Finland: Aino Havukainen and Saku Tuominen – This is Finland
Popular children’s book characters Tau and Patu go behind the basics of Finnish culture, nature and history. An entertaining read for kids and adults alike, this book takes you through the all the classic Finnish tropes from Sibelius to sauna – with a light touch and colorful illustrations.
Contemporary pick: Sofi Oksanen – When the Doves Disappeared
Author Sofi Oksanen has penned several Finnish fiction favorites in recent years. Her latest book, When the Doves Disappeared (2012) is chilling story of occupation, resistance and cooperation set in the Estonia of the 1930s to 1960s. The book is a great choice for those who love a riveting historical narrative combined with an original literary style.
Humorous take on Finland: Karoliina Korhonen – Finnish Nightmares
Clever depictions of Finnish social awkwardness are stylized in the form of a comic book. Karoliina Korhonen’s take on Finnish culture is funny and recognizable to both Finns and friends of Finns.
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