Rosa Liksom
Humanist of the day

Rosa Liksom

Rosa Liksom is a Finlandia prizewinning author and an artist who has studied throughout life. And who dreams of getting a better understanding of the world.

Rosa Liksom

Rosa Liksom (Anni Ylävaara)
Born January 7, 1958, Ylitornio, Finnish Lapland

Master of Arts (main subject Cultural Anthropology; subsidiary subjects incl. ethnology, folk poetry, aesthetics, Art History, Religion, Finnish Literature) University of Helsinki, 1983
Studies in Universities of Moscow and Copenhagen, 1981-1986

Freelance Artist since 1991
Radio Journalist at Radio City and Reporter for City-lehti newspaper, 1989-1993 (programme deviser, interviews: Suomalaisia unelmia [‘Finnish dreams’])
Barworker, Agricultural Labourer, Shop Assistant and Bakery Assistant, Youth Drop-in Centre, Fleamarketeer at Lepakko, Sauna Boss in Freetown Christiania, Denmark; Agricultural Labourer, Shop Assistant

Photo: Pekka Mustonen
Written by Heta Muurinen
Translated by John Calton

At the dissertation stage of her studies Rosa Liksom had already written her first book, albeit not yet published.

“When my idea for a dissertation was turned down, it was the last straw. I wasn’t going to get the Master’s degree, I’d manage some other way."

Liksom had supported herself…

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When Rosa Liksom began her ethnology studies at the University of Helsinki, she had already several subjects under her belt. She had spent half a year studying Russian in Uppsala and a further six months at the Sirola college studying social welfare.

“I applied for a place to study both…

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Rosa Liksom dreams about knowledge:

“I dream that I can get a better hold on the world. I want a better understanding of the human race and its past, present and future. I want to know more about everything and new things, until I drop.”

Rosa Liksom, Dominique Fernandez and Anne Papart. Photo: Leó Sonnet.​
Rosa Liksom, Dominique Fernandez and
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If Liksom isn’t reading in her spare time, she can be found in the adult education centre. She takes part in two Russian discussion groups – one based on reading newspapers and the other literature.

“I’ve made a start on learning French at adult education classes, although I do understand…

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