The Finlandia Prize (Finlandia-palkinto) is a literary award in Finland by the Finnish Book Foundation. It is awarded annually to the author of the best novel written by a Finnish citizen (Finlandia Award), children's book (Finlandia Junior Award), and non-fiction book (Tieto-Finlandia Award). The award sum (as of 2010) is 30,000 euros (previously 100,000 Finnish Marks). Works may be in Finnish or Swedish but non-Finnish citizens are not allowed to enter. However, in 2010 the Finnish Book Foundation made an exception for a nominee.
The Finlandia Award is given to the best novel.
|Erno Paasilinna||Yksinäisyys ja uhma||Finnish|
|Jörn Donner||Far och son||Swedish|
|Sirkka Turkka||Tule takaisin, pikku Sheba||Finnish|
|Helvi Hämäläinen||Sukupolveni unta|
|Markku Envall||Samurai nukkuu||Finnish|
|Olli Jalonen||Isäksi ja tyttäreksi|
|Arto Melleri||Elävien kirjoissa|
|Leena Krohn||Matemaattisia olioita tai jaettuja unia|
|Bo Carpelan||Kai Laitinen||Urwind||Swedish|
|Eeva Joenpelto||Tellervo Koivisto||Tuomari Müller, hieno mies||Finnish|
|Hannu Mäkelä||Maria-Liisa Nevala||Mestari|
|Irja Rane||Aki Kaurismäki||Naurava neitsyt|
|Antti Tuuri||Lassi Nummi||Lakeuden kutsu|
|Pentti Holappa||Liisamaija Laaksonen||Ystävän muotokuva|
|Kristina Carlson||Erkki Liikanen||Maan ääreen|
|Johanna Sinisalo||Auli Viikari||Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi|
|Hannu Raittila||Claes Andersson||Canal Grande|
|Kari Hotakainen||Lasse Pöysti||Juoksuhaudantie|
|Pirkko Saisio||Mervi Kantokorpi||Punainen erokirja|
|Helena Sinervo||Jukka Sarjala||Runoilijan talossa|
|Bo Carpelan||Paavo Lipponen||Berg||Swedish|
|Kjell Westö||Jyrki Nummi||Där vi en gång gått|
|Hannu Väisänen||Kaisu Mikkola||Toiset kengät||Finnish|
|Sofi Oksanen||Pekka Tarkka||Puhdistus|
|Antti Hyry||Tuula Arkio||Uuni|
|Mikko Rimminen||Minna Joenniemi||Nenäpäivä|
|Rosa Liksom||Pekka Milonoff||Hytti nro 6|
|Ulla-Lena Lundberg||Tarja Halonen||Is||Swedish|
|Riikka Pelo||Asko Sarkola ||Jokapäiväinen elämämme||Finnish|
|Jussi Valtonen||Anne Brunila||He eivät tiedä mitä tekevät|
|Jukka Viikilä||Baba Lybeck||Akvarelleja Engelin kaupungista|
|Juha Hurme||Elisabeth Rehn||Niemi|
The Finlandia Junior Award is awarded for children's and young adult literature.
|Year||Author||Title Finnish||Title English||Elector|
|Alexis Kouros||Gondwanan lapset||Gondwana's Children|
|Leena Laulajainen||Kultamarja ja metsän salaisuudet||The Golden Berry and the Secrets of the Forest|
|Kari Levola||Tahdon||I Do|
|Tomi Kontio||Keväällä isä sai siivet||In the Spring, Father Got Wings||Riitta Uosukainen|
|Kira Poutanen||Ihana meri||The Wonderful Sea||M. A. Numminen|
|Raili Mikkanen||Ei ole minulle suvannot||Päivi Lipponen|
|Arja Puikkonen||Haloo kuuleeko kaupunki||Kirsti Mäkinen|
|Riitta Jalonen||Tyttö ja naakkapuu||Jukka Kajava|
|Tuula Korolainen||Kuono kohti tähteä||Matti Ranin|
|Timo Parvela||Keinulauta||"Seesaw"||Jukka Virtanen|
|Aino Havukainen and Sami Toivonen||Tatun ja Patun Suomi||Inkeri Näätsaari|
|Esko-Pekka Tiitinen||Villapäät||Maria Kaisa Aula|
|Mari Kujanpää||Minä ja Muro||Marko Vuoriheimo|
|Siri Kolu||Me Rosvolat||Hannu-Pekka Björkman|
|Vilja-Tuulia Huotarinen||Valoa, valoa, valoa||Paula Vesala|
|Christel Rönns||Det vidunderliga ägget||Mari Rantasila|
|2013||Kreetta Onkeli||Poika joka menetti muistinsa||Jarno "Jarppi" Leppälä|
|Maria Turtschaninoff||Maresi. Krönikor från det röda klostret||Maresi : the Red Abbey Chronicles||Johanna Vuoksenmaa|
|2015||Nadja Sumanen||Rambo||Heikki Harma|
|2016||Juuli Niemi||Et kävele yksin||Vuokko Hovatta|
|2017||Sanna Mander||Nyckelknipan||Anna Puu|
Note: English title column may reflect a published book, or just a translated title.
The Tieto-Finlandia Award is considered Finland's most significant non-fiction award.
|Erik Tawaststjerna||Jean Sibelius 1–5||Finnish|
|Markku Löytönen||Matka-arkku. Suomalaisia tutkimusmatkailijoita|
|Olli Marttila, Tari Haahtela, Hannu Aarnio, Pekka Ojalainen||Suomen päiväperhoset|
|Jukka Salo, Mikko Pyhälä||Amazonia|
|Erik Wahlström, Tapio Reinikainen, Eeva-Liisa Hallanoro||Ympäristön tila Suomessa|
|Heikki Ylikangas||Tie Tampereelle. Dokumentoitu kuvaus Tampereen antautumiseen johtaneista sotatapahtumista Suomen sisällissodassa|
|Matti Sarmela||Suomen perinneatlas|
|Pekka Kivikäs||Kalliomaalaukset – muinainen kuva-arkistomme|
|Fabian Dahlström, Erkki Salmenhaara, Mikko Heiniö||Suomen musiikin historia 1–4|
|Hannu Karttunen||Leena Palotie||Vanhin tiede. Tähtitiedettä kivikaudesta kuulentoihin|
|Kari Enqvist||Olemisen porteilla|
|Anu Kantola et al.||Maailman tila ja Suomi|
|Heikki Paunonen, Marjatta Paunonen||Tsennaaks Stadii, bonjaaks slangii. Stadin slangin suursanakirja|
|Esko Valtaoja||Metropolitan Ambrosius||Kotona maailmankaikkeudessa|
|Antti Helanterä, Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen||Astrid Gartz||Maantieteelle Venäjä ei voi mitään|
|Elina Sana||Hannu Taanila||Luovutetut. Suomen ihmisluovutukset Gestapolle|
|Sami Koski, Mika Rissanen, Juha Tahvanainen||Kari Raivio||Antiikin urheilu|
|Jari Leskinen, Antti Juutilainen||Helena Ranta||Jatkosodan pikkujättiläinen|
|Erkki Tuomioja||Raimo Väyrynen||Häivähdys punaista. Hella Wuolijoki ja hänen sisarensa Salme Pekkala vallankumouksen palveluksessa. English title: A Delicate Shade of Pink||English|
|Peter von Bagh||Matti Apunen||Sininen laulu||Finnish|
|Marjo T. Nurminen||Veikko Sonninen||Tiedon tyttäret|
|Henrika Tandefelt||Björn Wahlroos||Borgå 1809. Ceremoni och fest||Swedish|
|Vesa Sirén||Sinikka Salo||Suomalaiset kapellimestarit||Finnish|
|Soili Stenroos, Teuvo Ahti, Katileena Lohtander, Leena Myllys||Alf Rehn||Suomen jäkäläopas|
|Elina Lappalainen||Janne Virkkunen||Syötäväksi kasvatetut – Miten ruokasi eli elämänsä|
|Ville Kivimäki||Maija Tanninen-Mattila||Murtuneet Mielet. English title: Broken Minds|
|Mirkka Lappalainen||Heikki Hellman||Pohjolan Leijona – Kustaa II Adolf ja Suomi 1611–1632|
|Tapio Tamminen||Arto Nyberg||Kansankodin pimeämpi puoli|
|Mari Manninen||Jörn Donner||Yhden lapsen kansa - Kiinan salavauvat, pikkukeisarit ja hylätyt tyttäret|
|Riitta Kylänpää||Matti Rönka||Pentti Linkola - Ihminen ja legenda|
Antti Kalevi Hyry (20 October 1931 in Kuivaniemi – 4 June 2016 in Espoo) was a Finnish writer and recipient of the Eino Leino Prize in 2005. In 2009 his book Uuni (Oven) won the Finlandia Prize, Finland's premier prize for literature. It details a man's reflections as he collects cement and bricks to build an oven for his home. Antti Hyry was married to Maija Hyry.Antti Tuuri
Antti Elias Tuuri (born 1 October 1944, Kauhava, Southern Ostrobothnia) is a Finnish writer, known for his works dealing with Southern Ostrobothnia.
The Äitini-suku-series tells the stories of the Finns who emigrated to the United States. He received the J. H. Erkko Award in 1971 for Asioiden suhteet ja Lauantaina illalla, The Nordic Council's Literature Prize in 1985 for Pohjanmaa, and the Finlandia Prize in 1997 for his novel Lakeuden kutsu. Tuuri has also translated some Icelandic sagas.
Many of his novels have been made into films including Rukajärven tie also known as "Ambush" in English, about the Continuation War 1941-44 in Karelia, Russia and Talvisota, the Winter War 1939-1940.Arto Melleri
Arto Matti Vihtori Melleri (7 September 1956 in Lappajärvi – 13 May 2005 in Helsinki) was a Finnish poet and writer. Melleri gained fame with the play, Pete Q, in the 1970s. He studied at the Theatre Academy of Helsinki 1976 - 1980. He was granted an artist's Finnish state pension in 2003.
Melleri was a diverse writer; his output consisted of poetry, collections of short stories, plays, a film script and an opera libretto.
Melleri was an archetype of a Finnish bohemian poet. He was hit by a car in 1998, causing him brain damage which eventually led to his death. Melleri was married to Nadja Pyykkö.Bo Carpelan
Baron Bo Gustaf Bertelsson Carpelan (25 October 1926 – 11 February 2011) was a Finnish poet and author. He published his first book of poems in 1946, and received his Ph.D. in 1960. Carpelan, who wrote in Swedish, composed numerous books of verse, as well as several novels and short stories.In 1997, he won the Swedish Academy Nordic Prize, known as the 'little Nobel'. He is the only person yet to have received the Finlandia Prize twice. He won the 2006 European Prize for Literature. His poem, Winter was Hard, was set to music by composer Aulis Sallinen. He also wrote the libretto for Erik Bergman's only opera, Det sjungande trädet.Carpelan died of cancer on 11 February 2011. He is buried in the Hietaniemi Cemetery in Helsinki. He was a member of the Finnish noble family Carpelan.Erno Paasilinna
Erno Paasilinna (14 March 1935 in Petsamo – 30 September 2000 in Tampere) was a Finnish writer and journalist. He received several literary prizes, the most notable being the Finlandia Prize in 1984 for his collection of essays Yksinäisyys ja uhma ("Loneliness and Defiance"). His works have been translated into Estonian, Hungarian, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian and Latvian.
Erno Paasilinna has been titled the "national cynic laureate" and "official state critic" due to his uncompromising views and lack of admiration for his human fellows. His incisive analysis of power and the powerful shook the fundaments of Finnish society, but were widely recognized to be impartial, swiping those ideologically close to his heart as heavily as those whose ideology was diametrically opposed to his own.
The writers Reino, Mauri and Arto Paasilinna are his brothers.Finnish literature
Finnish literature refers to literature written in Finland. During the European early Middle Ages, the earliest text in a Finnic language is the unique thirteenth-century Birch bark letter no. 292 from Novgorod. The text was written in Cyrillic and represented a dialect of Finnic language spoken in Russian Olonets region. The earliest texts in Finland were written in Swedish or Latin during the Finnish Middle Age (ca. 1200–1523). Finnish-language literature was slowly developing from the 16th century onwards, after written Finnish was established by the Bishop and Finnish Lutheran reformer Mikael Agricola (1510–1557). He translated the New Testament into Finnish in 1548.
After becoming a part of Russian Empire in early 19-th century the rise in education and nationalism promoted public interest to folklore in Finland and resulted in increase of literary activity in Finnish language. Most of the significant works of the era, written in Swedish or increasingly in Finnish, revolved around achieving or maintaining a strong Finnish identity (see Karelianism).Thousands of folk poems were collected in the Suomen kansan vanhat runot ('The Ancient Poems of the Finnish People'). The most famous poetry collection is the Kalevala, published in 1835. The first novel published in Finnish was Seven Brothers (1870) by Aleksis Kivi (1834–1872). The book Meek Heritage (1919) by Frans Eemil Sillanpää (1888–1964) made him the first Finnish Nobel Prize winner. Another notable author is Väinö Linna.
Other works known worldwide include Michael the Finn and The Sultan's Renegade (known in the US as The Adventurer and The Wanderer respectively) by Mika Waltari (1908–1979). Beginning with Paavo Haavikko and Eeva-Liisa Manner, Finnish poetry in the 1950s adapted the tone and approach of T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound. The most famous poet was Eino Leino. Timo K. Mukka (1944–1973) was the wild son of Finnish literature. Prominent writers of the 21st century include Mikko Rimminen and sci-fi authors Leena Krohn (Finlandia Prize 1992) and Johanna Sinisalo (Finlandia Prize 2000).Gösta Ågren
Gösta Ågren (born 1936 in Nykarleby) is a Swedish-language Finnish author who won the Finlandia Prize in 1988 for Jär. Gösta Ågren has praised the Gospel of Mark for its literary values and published the collection The Carpenter in reference to it. That stated he is known for his left-wing sympathies, which can be seen in his autobiographical work concerning the rural "proletariat." His brothers Leo and Erik were also writers.He has published poems, essays and biographies. Among the literary awarded to him is the Finlandia Prize for Fiction for the poetry collection Jär (‘Here’) in 1989. In his poems, Ågren often refers to the region he was born in, Ostrobothnia, on the west coast of Finland. (Books from Finland once had t-shirts printed with a philosophical line from one of his poems: ‘Don't worry, it will / never work out’. The shirts were highly popular.)Hannu Mäkelä
Hannu Mäkelä (born 18 August 1943 in Helsinki, Finland) is an author of more than 100 books in Finnish: novels, collections of short stories, edited anthologies and children's books. Hannu Mäkelä is known for his books for children in many countries around the world, especially the popular "Mr. Hoo" (Mr. Boo) series.Helvi Hämäläinen
Helvi Hämäläinen (16 June 1907 – 17 January 1998) was a Finnish author who published dozens of books of prose and poetry during her six decade writing career.Helvi Heleena Hämäläinen was born in Hamina, but moved to Helsinki with her parents Aaro and Iida Hämäläinen while still a pre-schooler. Hämäläinen's first novel, Hyväntekijä (Finnish: The Benefactor) appeared in 1930, but her breakthrough came five years later with her portrait of the working-class Katuojan vettä (Finnish: Water in a Gutter). Hämäläinen's best-known book, Säädyllinen murhenäytelmä (Finnish: Respectable Tragedy), appeared in 1941. A roman à clef, it caused a great sensation: readers were able to identify several notable cultural personalities of the day, Hämäläinen's former lover Olavi Paavolainen among them.She was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal in 1959.In 1987, after two decades out of the spotlight, Hämäläinen returned to the public eye when her book of poems, Sukupolveni unta (Finnish: Dreams of My Generation), won the Finlandia Prize.Helvi Hämäläinen died at the age of 90 on 17 January 1998. She is buried in the Orthodox cemetery of Helsinki.Johanna Sinisalo
Aila Johanna Sinisalo is a Finnish science fiction and fantasy writer. She studied comparative literature and drama, amongst other subjects, at the University of Tampere. Professionally she worked in the advertising business, rising to the level of marketing designer.
An important figure in the Finnish science fiction scene in the late 1980s and early '90s (winning a rare back-to-back collection of Atorox Awards for short fiction in the genre), she was also the first Finnish science fiction writer to make a mainstream breakthrough by breaking genre barriers.Jörn Donner
Jörn Johan Donner (born 5 February 1933 in Helsinki, Finland) is a Swedish-speaking Finnish writer, film director, actor, producer, politician, founder of Finnish Film Archive and a member of the Donner family. He is the son of the linguist Kai Donner.
Jörn Donner has for long periods lived and worked in Sweden, and has, among other things, served as director of the Swedish Film Institute. In 1979, he was a member of the jury at the 29th Berlin International Film Festival. Internationally Jörn Donner is best known as the producer of Ingmar Bergman's film Fanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander, 1982). In 1984 the movie won a total of four Academy Awards including the award for best foreign language film, making him to date the only Finn to receive an Oscar. His novel Far och son (Father and Son) won the Finlandia Prize in 1985.
Donner has been associated with several different political parties, such as SDP and RKP, and has at different times been a member both of the Finnish parliament and the European Parliament. As of 2007 he was again a member of the Finnish parliament for a short while, after Eva Biaudet resigned to take a position at the OSCE.
Donner has suffered from prostate and lung cancers.Kari Hotakainen
Kari Hotakainen (born 9 January 1957 in Pori, Finland) is a Finnish writer. Hotakainen started his writing career as a reporter in Pori. In 1986, he moved to Helsinki. He became a full-time writer in 1996. He has two children with his wife, sound technician Tarja Laaksonen, whom he married in 1983. He has also worked as a copywriter and as a columnist for the Helsingin Sanomat.Kjell Westö
Kjell Westö (born 6 August 1961 in Helsinki, Finland) is a Finnish author and journalist. Westö writes in Swedish. He is best known for his epic novels set in Helsinki, but he has also written short stories, poetry, essays and newspaper columns.Leena Krohn
Leena Krohn (born February 28, 1947 in Helsinki) is a Finnish author. Her large and varied body of work includes novels, short stories, children's books, and essays. In her books she deals with topics that include man's relationship with himself and the world, morality, borders between reality and illusion, and the problem of life, especially through observing different kinds of artificial intelligence.
Krohn has received several prizes, including the Finlandia Prize for literature in 1992. Her short novel Tainaron: Mail From Another City was nominated for a World Fantasy Award and International Horror Guild Award in 2005. Her books have been translated into English, German, Bulgarian, Estonian, French, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Swedish and Italian. Leena Krohn used the Internet in her literary work as early as mid-1990s.
Leena Krohn was born and lives in Helsinki.Not Before Sundown
Not Before Sundown (orig. fin. Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi, United States: Troll - a love story) is a novel by Finnish writer Johanna Sinisalo in 2000. In the same year it won a Finlandia Prize for literature. Since then it has won several awards including The James Tiptree Jr. award in 2004 for works of science fiction or fantasy that expand or explore our understanding of gender.Pentti Holappa
Pentti Vihtori Holappa (11 August 1927 – 10 October 2017) was a Finnish poet, writer and politician. Born in Ylikiiminki to a relatively poor family of modest means, he held numerous jobs before becoming a political journalist and eventually obtaining a government post. He was self-educated, but produced around fifteen volumes of poetry, as well as several novels and essays. He also worked as a translator; among the poets and authors whose work he translated into Finnish are Charles Baudelaire, Pierre Reverdy, and J. M. G. Le Clézio. He received the Finlandia Prize in 1998 for his novel Ystävän muotokuva: Portrait of a Friend.
Between February and October 1972, Holappa was Minister of Culture and Education in the Paasio II Cabinet representing the Social Democratic Party of Finland.Pirkko Saisio
Pirkko Helena Saisio (born 16 April 1949) is a Finnish author, actress and director. She has also written under the pen names Jukka Larsson and Eva Wein. Saisio has a broad literary output, dealing with many kinds of texts from film screenplays all the way to librettos for the ballet. Her novel Betoniyö (1981) was adapted into a feature film Concrete Night in 2013 by Pirjo Honkasalo.
Saisio received her degree in acting from Suomen teatterikoulu (now Theatre Academy) in 1975 and worked there as a professor of dramaturgy in 1997 and 2001. In 1975 she won the J. H. Erkko Award for her debut novel Elämänmeno.Saisio's daughter, whose father is the late Harri Hyttinen, is actress Elsa Saisio. Pirkko Saisio lives in a same-sex partnership with film director Pirjo Honkasalo.Sirkka Turkka
Sirkka Turkka (born 1939) is a Finnish poet and recipient of the Finlandia Prize in 1987 and the Eino Leino Prize in 2000.Sofi Oksanen
Sofi Oksanen (born January 7, 1977) is a Finnish writer and playwright. Oksanen has published five novels, of which Purge has gained the widest recognition. She has received several international and domestic awards for her literary work. Her work has been translated into more than 40 languages and sold more than two million copies.
She was born in Finland, to a Finnish father and Estonian mother.