TURKU FINN BRITS : Our History and Future

Turku Finn Brits has had rather a chequered history!

Today the aims of our society are :

To strengthen friendship and cultural ties between Finland and Britain by

  • making British culture known in Finland
  • promoting contacts between Finns and British citizens living in Finland, particularly in the Turku area

Our goal is also to promote the use of good English.

In order to reach these aims the society:

  • organizes meetings, lectures and other get-togethers.
  • can receive donations, own necessary property and organise raffles and money collections in order to meet these goals.

The languages of the society are Finnish and English.

1937- 1980s

The Finnish-British society in Turku was first established in 1937 but sadly ceased functioning in the mid-eighties.


At the start of the new millennium the network of societies elsewhere in Finland was flourishing, with active societies offering a variety of events in Helsinki, Hyvinkää, Hämeenlinna, Pietarsaari, Jyväskylä, Kotka, Kouvola, Kuopio, Lahti, Mikkeli, Oulu, Pori, Rauma and Tampere. Turku, however, remained without a society to promote friendship and cultural ties between Finland and Britain.

The Finnish-British Society in Helsinki asked Jukka Itäkylä to look into the possibility of re-establishing a Finnish-British society in Turku. The honorary British Consul Jari Läteenmäki and a recent returnee from England, Marita Anstead, were contacted and there was a unanimous decision to revive the activities in Turku.

3 May 2001 First meeting

The first meeting of the Finnish-British Society in Turku/Åbo r.y. took place on 3rd May 2001. The meeting was chaired by Jukka Itäkylä and attended by 16 people, all interested in promoting Finnish-British ties.
A board of six members was elected as follows:

Jukka Itäkylä, chairman
Geoffrey Bowring, vice chairman
Leena Casagrande, treasurer
Alex Frost, PR activities
Jari Lähteenmäki, member
Marita Anstead, secretary

The newly elected board started to organise the activities of the society

23 January 2002 Official Registration:

The Patent and Registry office approved the registration of Finnish-British Society in Turku/Åbo r.y.