Petra Rautiainen

Petra Rautiainen was born in 1988 in a small town in Eastern Finland. She has a Master’s degree in History and Cultural Studies, and is currently working on her doctoral theses on representations of the Sámi people in the Finnish media. She has travelled around the world, studied in the UK and worked in Canada, New Zealand and Scotland. In Finland, she has also worked as a journalist and studied creative writing.

Since childhood, Petra has been inspired by the barren nature of the Arctic areas. Hiking is her passion – she has hiked a lot in Lapland, but also in Iceland, Scotland and on the Faroe Islands. So far, she has preferred to take her hikes alone, but in the future, she’ll be accompanied by her new poodle puppy Ruska (the name translates to ‘autumn foliage’).

Petra is interested in equality issues, in minorities and their culture as well as in historic representations of difference that still influence our norms and ideas today.

“For me, writing is a way to try to understand the world, as well as a way to construct a world. Writing creates communication simultaneously on many different levels: a small detail can be just that to one reader, but to others it can create a possibility for a new deep connection and understanding.

– Petra Rautiainen




Photo: © Jonne Räsänen 2019 

Awards & Nominations


  • Savonia Prize



  • Lapland Literature Prize


  • Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize


  • Book of the Year, Suomalainen Kirjakauppa


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  • 02 Oct 2020

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  • 19 Oct 2020

    LAND OF SNOW AND ASHES nominated for the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize

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  • 23 Oct 2020

    LAND OF SNOW AND ASHES shortlisted for the Book of the Year prize

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  • 23 Nov 2020

    LAND OF SNOW AND ASHES shortlisted for the Savonia Prize

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  • 04 Dec 2020

    LAND OF SNOW AND ASHES sold to Seuil in France

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  • 08 Dec 2020

    Translation rights sold in 10 languages for LAND OF SNOW AND ASHES

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  • 10 Dec 2020

    Petra Rautiainen wins the Savonia Prize

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  • 28 Jan 2021

    Land of Snow and Ashes shortlisted for Lapland Literature Prize

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  • 04 Feb 2021

    Land of Snow and Ashes selected for Books at Berlinale 2021

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