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.


Date Event
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.

Thursday 16th April

Performer Otto Kanerva will be back visiting Edinburgh!

Artist and venue to be confirmed.

Saturday 2nd May

Vappu - May Day Ceilidh, details to follow.

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 in the SFS midsummer barbecue. As previous years Scottish Finnish Society will provide wine, beer and soft drinks, a selection of salads and desserts, all you need to bring is something to barbecue.

We have fun games (and prizes) for children and we’ll get a friendly game of pesapallo going for the adults. Please feel free to bring any of your own kites, boules, frisbees etc. We also have a couple of bags of finnish literature for your to pick up for a small donation.

Address of venue:

Edinburgh Academy School Playing Fields New Field
Kinnear Road
Entrance is via Kinnear Road.
Map and contact details

Events Calendar

Contact the Committee


Mikko AJ Ramstedt




Heli Simmonds
Vice Chair




Inkariia Peltonen




Rose-Marie Wahlroos




Ordinary Committee Members

Marita Davies


Andrew Waugh


Satu Auno


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: Jessica Alakärppä & Minerva Jormola (edinburghinsuomikoulu@gmail.com)

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

Sunnuntaisin 13.00–15.00 

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:

OSIO I13.00-14.10Yhteinen avaus, jonka jälkeen jakaudutaan ryhmiin. Joka viikolla oma aihe.
OSIO II14.40-15.00Leikki/Peli

Koulupäivät syksyllä 2014

Päivä Ohjelma
8.2. Suomi karttana + runot/suomalainen taide + Runebegin tortut
1.3. Kansanperinne, koirien kalevala + lelupäivä
8.3. Vuodenkierto (vuodenajat, viikonpäivät ym.)
29.3. Palmusunnuntai & pääsiäinen + puut/luonto
26.4. Vappu + ruokakulttuuri + virkkaus yms. kädentaidot
10.5. Äitienpäivä + suomalainen kulttuuri ja koulu
24.5. Kevätretki
7.6. Kevätjuhla

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.