5 Famous International Women in Finland

On 8 March, Finland joins many other countries around the world in commemorating and celebrating International Women's Day.

2020 Theme: "I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women's Rights"

International Women's Day is celebrated each year with a particular theme, and according to the United Nations, the focus of this year will be on equality; 'An equal world is an enabled world'. In 1906, Finland was the first country that approved the law of allowing women to vote and to run for the elections as well. Since then, the work toward equality has continued at different levels of society.

It is a great achievement when women who have an international background make a difference and impact society. Let's celebrate these women and their successes:

Sofi Oksanen

Sofi Oksanen is a Finnish writer and playwright, born 1977 in Finland; her father a Finn, and her mother, Estonian. Sofi Oksanen is the author of five novels; Purge is one of her famous works and internationally recognized. She has won several awards for her literary work both international, and domestic.

Nasima Razmyar

Nasima Razmyar is an Afghan-Finnish politician who represents the Social Democratic Party, born 1984 in Afghanistan. She moved from Moscow to Finland in 1993 with her family. Razmyar was elected to the Finnish Parliament in 2015 and served in the Parliament until June 2017. She is the Deputy Mayor for culture and leisure in Helsinki, and since 2012 she is a member of the City Council of Helsinki.