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Nat’l flag hoisted to honour Tove Jansson

Published : 09 Aug 2020, 22:18

Updated : 10 Aug 2020, 10:40

  DF Report

Photo Per Olov Jansson/Ministry of the Interior.

The national flag was hoisted across the country on Sunday to celebrate the 106th birth anniversary of the eminent artist Tove Jansson as well as to celebrate Finnish art.

The Ministry of the Interior in early March this year recommended that the national flag be hoisted across the country on 9 August this year.

The flag was raised at 8:00 AM and lowered at 9:00 PM.

Tove Jansson, well-known as the creator of the Moomins, is an influential artist and writer and is internationally renowned for her works. Her novels and other written work have been translated into more than 50 languages.

Although Jansson is best known for her Moomin books, she was also a distinguished painter and illustrator. Many of her works deal with themes related to the status of minorities and the experiences and acceptance of diversity.

The government took the decision with the view to celebrate Tove Jansson’s profound impact on Finnish art and literature, while also celebrating great Finnish works of art more widely.