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.




Date and VenueEvent

Saturday 9th April 2016, 5 pm

5 Royal Terrace (Finnish Consulate)


Poetry Reading with Donald Adamson and Chrys Salt

We're delighted to announce that Tampere-based poet Donald Adamson, on his next visit to Scotland, will be giving a poetry reading in Edinburgh together with fellow poet Chrys Salt. Donald is also well-known as a translator of poetry such as Eeva Kilpi's, while Chrys - in addition to being an established poet - writes books and documentaries as well as directing in the theatre. With these two names coming to read, we are sure to be in for a real treat!

The reading will be held on Saturday 9th April at 5 pm, at 5 Royal Terrace close to central Edinburgh, and there will be some light refreshments afterwards. This is a free event but, as space will be somewhat limited, please RSVP to sihteeri@scottish-finnish-society.org.uk. Alternatively, you can register your interest via the post on our Facebook page (visit https://www.facebook.com/scottishfinnishsociety/).



Wednesday 20th April 2016
7 pm

Sofi's, Leith

Finnish Film Night 

Our next Finnish Film Night has been planned for Wednesday 20th April, starting at 7 pm, and this time we're venturing into documentary territory with "Miesten vuoro" ("Steam of Life"). Released in 2010, the film interviews men in saunas speaking from the heart about their personal lives. It was Finland's submission for the 83rd Academy Awards and is sure to be one of our more emotional journeys into Finnish film.

As before, we'll be gathering at Sofi's bar in Leith to watch the film - the screening will take place in the back room, which holds around 15 people - so be sure to turn up in good time to guarantee a seat! The bar is open until around 1 am afterwards and everyone is invited to stay for a drink and a chat!

Sofi's can be found at 63-65 Henderson St, Edinburgh EH6 6ED




Vappu Gathering

Watch this space for details of our annual Vappu event!





Events Calendar

Contact the Committee


Jenni Syrjala





Päivi Drummond

Vice Chairperson




Siobhan Gorrie




Pirjo Vaananen





Ordinary Committee Members


Russell Brodie

Aleksi Ehtee

Emma Kouhi

Tomi Nihtilä

Markku Vaatanen


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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


How much is it to join?

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.

What are the benefits of joining?

Membership supports the activities of the society and the organisation of events in Scotland with a Finnish focus. Members receive the Scottish-Finnish Society newsletter, discounted admission to some fee-charging SFS events, plus information via our mailing list about upcoming events and any other interesting Finnish goings-on around the country.

How do I join?

If you would like to join the Scottish-Finnish Society, please complete the membership form and email it to the treasurer. You can pay the membership fee directly into our account using the following details:

Sort Code: 82-45-05
Account No: 705 024 41

If you'd prefer to post your form together with a cheque, please send them to:

SFS c/o Pirjo Vaananen,
35 Torphin Bank
EH13 0PH


I'm already a member, but I need to update my details. How do I do this?


Please email our secretary with your new details and we'll update them in our database.



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Loch Leven Hotel

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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.

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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.