Kanttila is 200 years old from the oldest part of the building.

Minna Canth’s (1844 – 1897) house, Kanttila, is located right in the center of Kuopio on the edge of Snellman Park, only a 5-minute walk from the market square. This culturally and historically significant building was Minna Canth’s home, a meeting place, and walls within which equality was defended. Canth lived in Kanttila in her youth from 1853 to 1863 and again as a widow from 1880 until her death in 1897.

Minna Canth was a single parent of seven children, a merchant, a writer, a female advocate and a social activist. She was a reformer of our literature and a pioneer of Finnish realism, as well as the first Finnish-language newspaper woman. Many of his works of fiction are classics of Finnish literature. Come and get acquainted with the Kanttila project and the amazing arc that Minna Canth’s life’s work has had on Finland’s development as a pioneer country in education and equality. And how the topic is still relevant in many countries. From year to year, Finland has been at the forefront of the PISA survey, and Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s female-majority government has also aroused interest in the international media.

Canth’s birthday on March 19 is Equality Day and National Flag Day. Minna Canth is the first Finnish woman to have her own flagging day. Flagging Day has been celebrated since 2007.


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(Did you know that Minna Canth’s phone number was 29?)