Founded in early 1940 as part of San Diego’s assistance to the people of Finland during the Winter War, the House of Finland has been in continuous operation since that time. Our mission is to bring to life the culture and face of Finland for the citizenry and visitors in Balboa Park. We offer a weekend full of song and dance and the folkloric customs of the Finnish Nation, while showing that we are also a modern Scandinavian country. The House of Finland, like its people is firmly rooted in Western ideals, culture and values and an abiding faith in individual freedoms.
We are volunteers all. We put together events and feasts for members and visitors. Besides the traditional open house to all, we celebrate Midsummer’s and Christmas in the traditional manner entertaining adults and children of all ages, and publish a quarterly newsletter of activities. We are a gathering and focal point for Finns in the San Diego area, interfacing regularly with the Finnish Lutheran Church, the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce and the Finnish School. All Finnish-minded folk are invited to join for a nominal annual membership fee. In return you will receive a rewarding opportunity to join in our culture and heritage, participate in sports and cultural activities, while getting a heartwarming feeling of being part of the cultural diversity in San Diego
We are proud of our little cottage in the heart of Balboa Park, within the original circle of Spanish-colonial-style International houses from the Pan American exposition of 1935. Always a gem to behold, decorated in seasonal themes and boasting a kitchen that cooks up any number of Finnish specialties and delicacies.
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The House of Finland (HOF) is a social and non-profit organization. HOF is one of the houses organized under House of Pacific Relations (HPR). HOF promotes and cultivates Finnish culture and traditions. It promotes social activities among its members and provides a meeting possibilities for Finnish people and friends of Finland.
The House of Finland is a Chapter of Finlandia Foundation National.
The House of Finland is part of Finland 100 programme.
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