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Johan Ludvig Runeberg

Pietarsaari 1804 - Porvoo 1877
Finland-Swedish poet, the national poet of Finland
Walter Runeberg
Thiébaut (Paris)

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Bronze statue of Runeberg at the age of 55, dressed in a priest's coat (like the one he wore while teaching at the Porvoo Gymnasium). His right arm is resting on his chest with the thumb stuck underneath the coat, as if he were about to begin a speech.

In the front of the pedestal is the Maiden of Finland, wrapped in a bearskin. In her left hand, she holds a table with the words of the Finnish national Maamme, originally a poem by Johan Ludvig Runeberg in Swedish, Vårt Land (the first, the tenth and last verse). In her right hand she has a laurel wreath, and a pile of books lies by her feet.


vårt land, vårt land, vårt fosterland,
ljud högt, o dyra ord!
ej lyfts en höjd mot himlens rand,
ej sänks en dal, ej sköljs en strand,
mer älskad än vår bygd i nord,
Än våra fäders jord.

o land, du tusen sjöars land,
där sång och trohet byggt,
där lifvets haf oss gett en strand,
vår forntids land, vår framtids land.
var för din fattigdom ej skyggt.
var fritt, var gladt, var tryggt!

din blomning, sluten än i knopp,
skall mogna ur sitt tvång;
se, ur vår kärlek skall gå opp
ditt ljus, din glans, din fröjd, ditt hopp.
och högre klinga skall en gång
vår fosterländska sång.


Our land, our land, our Fatherland!
Ring out, dear word, oh sound!
No rising hill, or mountain grand,
No sloping dale, no northern strand,
There is, more loved, to be found,
Than this - our fathers' ground.

Oh land, the thousand lakes' own land,
Of faith, and lay, and glee,
Where life's main sea gave us a strand,
Our fore-time's land, our future's land,
Shy of thy poorness, never be,
Be calm, be glad, be free!

Thy blossom, hidden now from sight,
Shall burst its bud ere long.
Lo! from our love, shall rise aright,
Thy sun, thy hope, thy joy, thy light,
And higher, once, more full and strong,
Shall ring Our Country's song.

(Full text: Wikipedia).

Helsinki - Johan Ludvig Runeberg Helsinki - Johan Ludvig Runeberg

This maiden of Finland wearing a bearskin was also used on the pedestal of Runeberg's statue of Alexander II.



Swedish: To Finland's People
Finnish: To Finland's People
Fatherland's singer


(statue and maiden of Finland) W. Runeberg
thiébaut frères Fondeurs


The monument does not show the name of Johan Ludvig Runeberg. it was considered self-evident. The name Runeberg does appear twice on the monument, but as signature of the sculptor Walter Runeberg, who was a son of Johan Ludvig.

Helsinki - Johan Ludvig Runeberg


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Location (N 60°10'2" - E 24°56'51")

Item Code: fi080; Photograph: 30 June 2013
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