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Profile of the Day: Tove Jansson

Do you have Finnish ancestry? Today we celebrate beloved Finnish children’s book author and artist Tove Jansson, who was born on this day in 1914.

Profile of the Day: Tove Jansson

Image: Tove Jansson / Wikimedia Commons

Tove Marika Jansson was born in Helsinki, Finland on August 9, 1914 to Viktor Jansson, a sculptor, and Signe Hammarsten-Jansson, a graphic designer and illustrator. The family belonged to the Swedish-speaking minority of Finland.

Best known as the author of the Moomin children’s books and cartoons, Jansson is perhaps one of the most read Finnish authors abroad. Her work has been translated into over 40 languages. In 1966, she received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for her contributions to children’s literature.

Not only did Jansson write children’s books, she also found success writing novels for adult audiences and with her work as a painter and illustrator.

Jansson died on June 27, 2001 at the age of 86. She is buried in the Hietaniemi Cemetery in Helsinki, Finland.

Explore Tove Jansson’s family tree on Geni and share how you’re related!

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