The Scottish-Finnish Society was founded in Edinburgh in 1976 to promote cultural relations between Scotland and Finland, and to encourage friendship and understanding between Finnish People in Scotland and Scottish people with Finnish associations and interests.

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The Scottish-Finnish Society was founded in Edinburgh in 1976 to promote cultural relations between Scotland and Finland and to encourage friendship and understanding between Finnish People in Scotland and Scottish people with Finnish associations and interests.

The Society welcomes everyone interested in Finland to its meetings. Meetings are held approximately 8 times per annum in or around Edinburgh, Fife and further afield and take the form of social gatherings such as Vappu (1st of May), Juhannus (Midsummer Day) and Itsenäisyyspäivä (Independence Day) celebrations. More information on current events.

The Society also runs a Finnish School for children of British-Finnish families, where the children can meet in a Finnish-speaking playgroup/school. Suomi Koulu is held in Edinburgh and Glasgow.



Sunday 8th March 4pm to 6pm at Hemma

Pea Soup, Pancakes and Scottish Finnish Society AGM


Notice is hereby given that the Scottish Finnish Society Annual General Meeting will be held Sunday 8th March 4pm to 6pm at Hemma, The Tun building, 75 Holyrood Road . Agenda, last year's minutes and accounts will be sent prior to the meeting.

Peasoup, bread and pancakes £5 per person, students £3 and kids free. Please email secretary@scottish-finnish-society.org.uk if you are attending so we can give numbers to the restaurant.

Saturday 2nd May

Vappu Gathering at The Canons' Gait

For this year's Vappu celebrations, the Scottish Finnish Society is hosting a Vappu Gathering at The Canons' Gait bar in central Edinburgh on Saturday 2nd May. Please come and join us there - snacks will be provided and the venue has a fully stocked bar. And there may even be some Finnish favourites on the jukebox! Don't forget to dig out your student cap for the occasion, and feel free to bring friends along - all are welcome.

Date: Saturday 2nd May
Time: 6pm onwards
Venue: The Canons' Gait bar (http://www.gait.bar/) at 232 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DQ


 Thursday 28th May

Film Night 

Thursday 28th May, 7pm, Sofi's, 63-65 Henderson St, Edinburgh EH6 6ED

Come and join us for an evening of Finnish film in the friendly atmosphere of Sofi's bar, where we'll be watching the Aki Kaurismäki film "Mies vailla menneisyyttä" ("The Man Without a Past"). Things kick off at 7pm and all are welcome to stick around afterwards for a drink and chat. Due to the size of the screening room, we will only be able to accommodate around 15 people, so make sure to turn up early and grab your place. This is a free event and everyone is welcome to come along! See above for the venue address and a map.


Sunday 21st June

Juhannus at Edinburgh Academy School Playing Fields, New Field

***This event will go ahead whatever the weather***


Sunday 21st June, 1-4pm, Juhannus at Edinburgh Academy School Playing Fields New Field, Kinnear Road, Edinburgh, EH3 5PN

Join us for a great family day out at the SFS midsummer barbecue. As with previous years, the Scottish Finnish Society will provide a selection of salads and desserts - so all you need to bring is something to barbecue and some drinks of your choosing.

We'll have fun games (and prizes) for children and something for the adults too. Please feel free to bring any of your own kites, boules, frisbees etc.

Address of venue:

Edinburgh Academy School Playing Fields New Field
Kinnear Road

Entrance is via Kinnear Road. 
Map and contact details

Friday 4th December

 SFS 40th Anniversary/Independence Day Ceilidh


We would be delighted for members to join us for a night of dancing and socialising at Edinburgh University's Teviot building on Friday 4th December. Things will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and run until 11 p.m., and family and friends of all ages are welcome to attend. Tickets are priced at £10 with a special rate of £5 for students, with children up to the age of 16 going free, and include a welcome drink on arrival plus buffet-style food. Following this, there will be a will be a cash bar at student prices 

Flyers with RSVP slips and payment information will be going out in the very near future, with tickets sent out upon payment, In the meantime, please contact sihteeri@scottish-finnish-society.org.uk if you wish to attend and tickets can be arranged for you.

We would be thrilled to see as many members as possible there to mark this very special event for the society, and it is sure to be a fantastic way to mark Independence Day too – not to mention an enjoyable part of the run-up to the festive season!

Events Calendar

Contact the Committee


Jenni Syrjala




Päivi Drummond
Vice Chair




Siobhan Gorrie




Rose-Marie Wahlroos




Ordinary Committee Members

Carol Nimmo


Johanna Tiippana


Markku Vaatanen


Office Use Only

The Finns in Scotland - Skotlannin suomalaiset is a space for all Finns, their families and friends who want to share and/or find out information about Finnish or Finland related events in Scotland or in Britain more widely.

A Facebook account is required to view the group.

Finns in Scotland Facebook Group


3-year family or individual memberships is now available with a small discount to reflect reduced administration costs. Priced at £30 and £20 respectively!

Joining the Scottish Finnish Society

Membership supports the activities of the society, the organisation of events in Scotland and allows us to support Finnish Schools activities. Membership costs per year are £7 for individual membership, £5 for full-time students and £11 for family membership. Membership normally runs from January each year. Discounted 3-year memberships are available at £30 for a family or £20 for an individual.


Members receive the Scottish Finnish Society newsletter and a discounted admission to fee charging SFS events.


If you would like to join the Scottish-Finnish Society or update your contact details, please complete the membership form and email it to the treasurer or print and post a copy along with your cheque (made payable to the Scottish-Finnish Society) to:

SFS, c/o Rose-Marie Wahlroos
2 Home Park
Fife KY3 0XA

Save the cost of stamp - transfer your membership fee directly into the society’s account:
Sort Code: 82-45-05
Account No: 705 024 41


Please email committee@scottish-finnish-society.org.uk if you would like to advertise on this page

Loch Leven Hotel

***15% off our flexible rates as a standard for all SFS members***

Loch Leven Hotel, at the foot of mighty Glencoe, is a historic ferry Inn dating back to the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie. With its relaxed atmosphere, beautiful loch-side setting and dramatic views over the gardens to the mountains, this characteristic hotel is the perfect base for short breaks in the Highlands of Scotland or for longer holidays exploring the marvels of Scotland's West Coast.

Our 12 comfortable en-suite bedrooms offer a cosy place to relax and unwind and most of our rooms have loch views. Being located in "The Outdoor Capital of the UK", our guests can also enjoy a wide variety of things to see and do from walking and climbing to Watersports and Skiing. We're also just five minutes from one of the prettiest golf courses in Scotland.

Web address: www.lochlevenhotel.co.uk
Telephone: 01855 821236
e-mail: reception@lochlevenhotel.co.uk

Suomi Koulu - Edinburgh

Yhteydenotot: Johanna Tiippana ja Julia Ramula (edinburghinsuomikoulu@gmail.com)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/448501958624774/

Joka toinen sunnuntai 13.15–15.15 (HUOM. Muutama poikkeava aika tänä syksynä)

St Stephen’s Centre
St Stephen Street
Edinburgh, EH3 5AB

Kaikenikäiset lapset ovat tervetulleita! Pienten (0–5) kanssa lauluja, loruja ja leikkejä, isompien kanssa erilaisia tehtäviä iän ja kielitaidon mukaan.

Suomi-koulun rakenne:



Yhteinen avaus, jonka jälkeen jakaudutaan ryhmiin. Joka viikolla oma aihe.














Koulupäivät syksyllä 2015

20.9 Syysretki Blackford hills; 13-15

11.10 (poikkeuksellisesti 15.15-17.15)
13.12 (poikkeuksellisesti 15.15-17.15)


Tervetuloa mukaan puhumaan suomea ja tutustumaan suomalaiseen kulttuuriin!

Myös apuopettajia kaivataan aina, joten ota rohkeasti yhteyttä jos kiinnostuit!

Suomi Koulu - Glasgow

The main purpose of Finnish Schools is to support bilingualism within Finnish-British families and the first Finnish School was founded in London over 30 years ago. Currently there are at least 18 Finnish Schools all over the UK.

Glasgow Finnish School activity groups include PLAYGROUP (for children up to 2 years old), KINDERS (3 to 5 years old children) and JUNIORS (children over 5 years old), but also Finnish people without children are welcome to use the school facilities (including "Finnish shop") and to meet other Finns.

The meeting time is from 13.00 to 15.00pm during the selected Saturdays in the Pollockshaws Methodist Church, 74 Shawholm Crescent, Glasgow G43 1NY.

Please visit www.glasgowfinnishschool.org.uk for term dates and other information, or email us.