5 questions for our newest colleague: Sini Pesonen

15.10.2014 by

About a month ago the institute had the pleasure of welcoming a new member to our tiny staff: Sini!

Sini is our new go-to person when it comes to communication (and lots of other stuff), but what really makes her tick? We asked her a few questions to get to know her better.


Name: Sini Pesonen

Titel: Head of Communications

Education: M.A., English Philology

Hometown: Kokkola, Finland

Hobbies: Dance, running, movies, books, good beer, music, travelling.

Personal motto: Be silly, be honest, be kind.





• Tell us about your relationship with the Finnish Cultural Institute:

I moved to Copenhagen in 2010 to do an internship at the Finnish Cultural Institute. The internship was originally supposed to be 6 months long, but it got prolonged to one year. After that year, however, I had become so attached to Copenhagen that I didn’t move back to Finland. And now, three years later, still living in Copenhagen, I got the chance to work at the institute again, which I am incredibly happy about.

• What is the best thing about working at the Finnish Cultural Institute?

The best thing is to be involved in creating chances for Finnish artists, musicians, playwrights and other cultural actors on the Danish and international culture scene, as well as being involved in exciting and different projects. We have a lot of fun at the institute as well, tons of bad jokes flying around all the time.

• What will you focus on during your time at the cultural institute?

I will do my part in creating new relationships as well as nurturing the existing ones. I will also throw around my crazy ideas while holding the focus in the right place.

• Tell us about a cultural experience that has had an influence on you?

When I was around 5 years old, my parents took me to the theatre to see ‘Amadeus’. I just remember that I walked out of that theatre as a completely different little girl. I was crazy about Mozart’s music back then and seeing “him” live on stage was an electrifying experience. I was also very shocked when Mozart died at the end of the play. When the actors then came back on stage afterwards for the applause, I could see that the actor playing Mozart had not actually died, which comforted my way too empathetic and emotional heart. At the same time it was truly magical to see a completely different world being created right in front of my eyes, and then just return back to real life a couple of hours later. I was sold, and have been searching for the same kind of feeling through different art forms ever since.

• Why should Danish people be interested in Finnish culture?

Finnish culture is something else. Fresh experiences and view points, hardcore talents, deep feelings and strange humour.