Approximately 650,000 people in the Unites States are of Finnish descent. In addition, there are thousands of professionals and students who spend at least some time in America. Finland also has its share of “snowbirds,” some 30,000 retirees who spend the winter in Florida.
There are many Finnish-American activities relating to Finland and Finnish culture. Some of them take place in formalized settings through one of the national networks, Finlandia Foundation or Kipinä-kerho, but of course many are merely unofficial gatherings.
Throughout history, Finnish-American newspapers have been a source of entertainment and information for many Finnish-Americans. Although the number of these publications has decreased from a peak of several hundred to six, they continue to serve the community in Finnish and English and spread news from Finland and the Finnish-American community.
Michigan is home to a Finnish college, the Finland University. Upper Michigan is also proud to be the seat of the only regular Finnish language television broadcast in the United States.
The links in this section were chosen to offer you help and provide more information. There are links to Finnish-American organizations, Finnish-American newspapers and information on where you can learn Finnish online and in the USA.