Finland to Australia: What’s your story?

Finland to Australia: What’s your story?

Are you a Finn who has migrated to Australia, or do you know a Finn who undertook this journey? The Embassy of Finland in Canberra is currently hosting a writing competition for people who wish to share a fascinating story about migration from Finland to Australia.

14.9. – 4.10.2020


Embassy of Finland in Australia

The Embassy is searching for extraordinary migrations stories that speak to universal themes such as love, adventure, family, safety and striving for a better life. Equally, we seek stories about Finns who have advanced relations between Finland and Australia, or Finns who have helped shape Australia’s national identity.

Using this criteria, the Embassy will select a winning story to be published in the second edition of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s We are many – Stories of Australia’s Migrants ebook. The winner will also have the name of the storied migrant permanently inscribed on the Museum’s Welcome Wall

Located on the Museum’s waterfront at Darling Harbour in Sydney, the Welcome Wall stands in honour of those who have travelled across the seas to make a new home in Australia. It is the last permanent memorial in Australia with room to accept more names to honour and celebrate cultural diversity. 

The Welcome Wall currently features approximately 30,000 names, including 87 from Finland. If the writer chooses to make it available to the public, it is possible to read online a brief migration story of each name listed on the wall. The stories may also be accompanied by photographs and important documents.

The winner is also invited to attend the Welcome Wall unveiling ceremony on Sunday, 10 January. The ceremony will provide guests with the opportunity to hear migration stories from speakers featured on the Welcome Wall and view the latest panel of inscribed names for the first time.

How to Enter:

To enter the competition you must write a story about your migration journey from Finland to Australia, or about a Finn you know personally, who undertook this same journey. 

The storied Finn may be deceased or alive and must hold an acquaintance to the writer.

All submissions must be in English, with a word count of 800 to 1200 words. Please email your story to [email protected] before Sunday, October 4th 2020. 

The Embassy will announce the winner in mid-October via the Embassy’s Facebook page.