How will you celebrate when you’re 100?

Finland became an independent state from Russia on 6th December 1917.

Finland’s centenary year 2017 has been a treasure chest of events emphasizing Finland’s strengths, such as equality and democracy, by offering Finns and friends of Finland a diverse and international programme both in Finland and abroad.

Finland has proudly included Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920-1991) as part of its year-long celebrations with a hit musical; a world-acclaimed biopic; a booth at a big festival in Stockholm; a new Finnish edition of his biography and a book on his correspondence; an in-depth exhibition in Berlin and an insightful one-person show in his “home town”; a fun walking tour of Tom’s Helsinki; AND a national emoji!

Congratulations to Finland!
We’re all glad TOM is part of the party.


Tom & Nipa

Touko Laaksonen meets Veli “Nipa” Mäkinen in 1953, who is to become his great love and life partner for 28 years. The Laaksonen family was fond of Nipa and never asked questions about the two mens’ relationship; Nipa was always referred to as Touko’s “room-mate”.

Nipa and Tom

The equal marriage law comes into effect on 1st March 2017 in Finland.