Finlandia Foundation

San Francisco Bay AREA Chapter

Promoting Finnish culture and traditions for anyone interested in
Finland and Finnish-American heritage


We invite you to attend our events. They are open to FinnsFinnophiles, and their friends and families.

Screening of "Eero Saarinen - The Architect Who Saw The Future

Join us for the screening of "Eero Saarinen - The Architect Who Saw The Future" on March 3rd at 6pm at the Cubberley Auditorium in Stanford. The film explores the life of Finnish-American modernist architectural giant, Eero Saarinen, whose visionary buildings include National Historic Landmarks such as Saint Louis' iconic Gateway Arch and Washington Dulles Airport and follows Eero's son, Eric Saarinen, as he visits the sites of his father's work. The film was produced and directed by Peter Rosen.

We have the honor of welcoming Eric Saarinen himself for a Q&A session after the screening. Opening words will be delivered by the Honorary Consul of Finland, Michel W. Wendell.

Our members and everyone interested in Finlandia Foundation are also welcome to attend the Finlandia Foundation SF Bay Area Chapter's Annual General Meeting before the screening at 5pm.

The event is sponsored by Stanford University Libraries and Finlandia Foundation SF Bay Area Chapter. Free and open to the public. RSVP requested


We promote the cultureknowledge, and history of Finland.

About Us

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter seeks to promote Finnish culture and traditions for anyone interested in Finland or Finnish-American heritage. We sponsor several cultural programs each year including appearances by the Finlandia Foundation’s Performer of the Year and Lecturer of the Year; concerts by visiting Finns or Finnish-Americans; symphony performances when a Finnish artist is featured; an annual picnic get together; and Pikkujoulu, a traditional Finnish pre-Christmas celebration with Santa Lucia processional and arrival of Joulupukki (Santa Claus). The venue for most events is the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto Fellowship Hall. Join us for upcoming programs listed in the Events section. 

Our Chapter publishes a periodic newsletter mailed or emailed to members. We invite you to become a member and help support our goals of keeping strong the cultural ties between the United States and Finland. Explore these pages and join us at our events. Contact us regarding membership. We are a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Membership and donations to the Chapter are tax-exempt.


Whether you are someone who has moved to this country only recently, or whether it was your great grandmother who immigrated to the United States, our mission is to keep Finnish-Americans connected to their Finnishness and to each other and to inform the larger American community about Finland, its culture, its history and traditions. We also want to shine a light on what Finland contributes to the world today through its contemporary culture, its innovations in business, education and technology.  And, we want to enable our members to get together, socialize, network, speak the language, and have fun!


We are one of 50 national chapters under our umbrella organization, the Finlandia Foundation National based in Pasadena, California. Founded originally as the Palo Alto-Stanford Chapter and closely associated with the university and its faculty at the time of its founding in 1956, we are one of the oldest chapters in the country. A few years ago, our chapter changed its name to reflect its broader Bay Area reach. Join us for a big 60th birthday party in October!

Chapter Board of Directors

Paula Salomaa, Co-President • Hertta Kaarina Bethell, Co-President • Tuttu Tucker • Gunnel Pero • Salla Vaerma-Jadlos • Nina Kesala • Johanna Holopainen • Heidi Saario • Anu Vaalas • Thuong Tan • Anu Valtanen • Stina Katchadourian • Don Fidler

Other Finnish Organizations

Local Finnish people

Contact Us

Have a question about our organization or events? Send us a message!

Most Events Held At

Fellowship Hall
at First Presbyterian Church
1140 Cowper St
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Finlandia Foundation SF Bay Area
P. O. Box 1515, Palo Alto, CA 94302
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