Tove Jansson


Tove Jansson (1914-2001), Finnish-Swedish writer and artist, achieved worldwide fame as the creator of the Moomins, written and illustrated between 1945 and 1970. The books about the Moomins have been translated into more than 50 languages and are still in print all over the world today.

The Moomins were only a part of Jansson’s prodigious output. Already admired in Nordic art circles as a painter, cartoonist and illustrator, she would go on to write a series of classic novels and short stories. She remains Scandinavia’s best loved author. Tove Jansson’s work reflected the tenets of her life: her love of family, of nature, and her insistence on freedom to pursue her art. “Work and love” was the motto she chose for herself and her approach to both was joyful and uncompromising.


  • Hans Christian Andersen Award (gold medal) 1966
  • Award for State Literature 1963
  • Award for State Literature 1971
  • Award for State Literature 1982
  • Swedish Academy Finland Prize 1972
  • Pro Finlandia Medal 1976
  • The Finnish Cultural Award 1990
  • Selma Lagerlöf Prize 1992
  • The Finland Art Prize 1993
  • The Swedish Academy Award 1994

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