Moomins are from Finland

Loved worldwide, the Moomins are fairytale characters created by Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson (1914–2001).

The best-known of the Moomins is Moomintroll, who lives with his mother Moominmamma and father Moomin-pappa in Moomin House.

Moomin House is located in the Moomin-valley, far from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world. Moomins and their friends have plenty of fun and exciting adventures. They are renowned for their kindness and wisdom.

Tove Jansson drew the first Moomin characters back in the 1930s, but they were named Moomins by Tove’s uncle. As a young girl, Tove used to steal food from the cupboard, so her uncle warned her about the Moomintroll that lived in the cupboard. Jansson used this name for the illustrated characters she developed, and so the Moomins were born.

Jansson wrote and illustrated her first Moomin book in 1945. The first Moomins comic strip was published in London’s Evening News newspaper in 1954. The comic strip was later published in 40 different countries and viewed by 20 million readers.

Moomins can also be seen adventuring on a number of items, perhaps the most famous of which is the Moomin Mug made by Arabia that has been made since the 1950s.

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