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Katajanokka park officially renamed for Tove Jansson

Helsinki city authorities have renamed a park in Katajanokka Tove Jansson Park in honour of the world-renowned artist, illustrator and creator of the Moomin series. Finland – and the rest of the world – celebrated 100 years since Jansson’s birth on Saturday.

Katajanokan puisto nimettiin Tove Janssonin puistoksi.
The park in Katajanokka was renamed Tove Jansson Park in a quiet ceremony Saturday. Image: Yle

The city of Helsinki celebrated the centennial of the birth of Swedish-Finnish author and artist Tove Jansson by renaming a park in her honour. The Katajanokka Park will now be known as the Tove Jansson Park.

The renaming ceremony took place Saturday and featured a choir performance, while high profile figures from Jansson’s Moomin Valley put in an appearance.

The ceremony also saw a bird cherry tree planted in the park, which she described in her 1968 memoir Sculptor’s Daughter. Tove Jansson's life and work are being celebrated worldwide.

She is best known as the author of the Moomin book series, which has been translated into over 40 languages. After the Kalevala and books by Mika Waltari, they are the most widely translated works of Finnish literature in the world.

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