helen schjerfbeck

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946)
“Dancing Shoes” (1882)
Oil on canvas


Portrait of a Girl, 1886 // by Helene Schjerfbeck (finnish, 1862-1946) by Miguel Catalan

Hyvää naistenpäivää! Happy International Women’s day!

In honor of that, let me introduce you some of the many great Finnish women. 

Helene Schjerfbeck

Painter, best known for her self-portraits.

Minna Canth

Writer, journalist and a social activist; first Finnish woman to receive her own flag day (March 19th). 

Tove Jansson

An artist, best known as the creator of the Moomin series.

Armi Ratia

Founder or Marimekko. 

Leena Peltonen-Palotie

Geneticist who contributed to identification of various Finnish heritage diseases. Was considered one of the leading molecular geneticists of the world.

Elisabeth Rehn

Politician. First female minister of defence in the whole world.

Tarja Halonen

Former president of Finland. Also a human rights and sustainable development activist.

Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi

Cross country skier. Was the most successful athlete in 1984 winter olympics. 

Karita Mattila

World famous operatic soprano.