Tove Janssonin puisto © Kuva: HAM / Maija Toivanen

Tove Jansson Park

Tove Jansson (1914-2001) is one of Helsinki’s most familiar citizens. The park of her childhood scenery was renamed after her in 2014, marking her 100th birthday.

Tove was born into a fascinating, even magical family of artists in August 1914. Her mother Signe Hammarsten-Jansson (1882-1970), known as Ham, was an illustrator born in Sweden. Her father Viktor Jansson (1886-1958) was a sculptor.

The Jansson family lived just a stone’s throw away from the park, at Luotsikatu 4, in the years 1914-1933. Passersby can spot the building by a commemorative plaque on the wall of the building.

The park hosts a romantic statue by Viktor Malmberg (1867-1936), called The Water Bearer (1923). The City of Helsinki commissioned many outdoor statues in the 1920s to decorate city parks.