What was Eliel Saarinen's vision for Greater Tallinn? Who is the Finnish hockey lion with Estonian origins? Why do Miljoonasade and Neljä Ruusua long to go to Estonia? What places do Estophile and travel enthusiast Tapio Mäkeläinen want you to explore? During the jubilee year, the hotel Viru will introduce its visitors to the most interesting stories of hundred-year-old Finland – eleven Finnish-themed rooms with wonderful views are completed on the 18th floor of the hotel.
Each themed room will tell a fascinating story about our northern neighbour. And the topics include everything from diplomacy to sports, from tourism to music and culture, and from nature to comics. Each story reveals a heartfelt connection with Estonia.
ROOM 1801 – THE HOCKEY LIONS
It's safe to say that ice hockey is the national sport of Finland, and, perhaps unexpectedly, there's been room for Estonians to contribute as well. Two of Finland's most popular players are of Estonian origin: Siim Liivik ("Märkä-Simo") and Leo Komarov. Therefore, this room is all about hockey- but with an Estonian flavour-celebrating these two players.
ROOM 1802 – EXPLORER OF ESTONIA
Tapio Mäkeläinen is a Finnish writer and Estophile, whose guidebooks have helped countless Finns to explore Estonia – from Tallinn to Haapsalu – and have showcased Estonia in general, as well as the bars of Tallinn, and everything in between. This room provides a special introduction to Tapio Mäkeläinen's Estonia. It enables the guest to experience his notes and stories, as well as his best tips; it reveals the best kept secrets of Tallinn to the visitor.
ROOM 1803 – LEAVE YOUR HAT ON
Here, Finnish design meets Estonian craftsmanship, creating something new out of something old – leftover fabrics and leathers – and symbolising the interconnected history and future of Estonia and Finland. Everything, even fashion, travels across the sea that separates us – and across even greater distances. Costo, the creation of three Finnish designers, is a prime example of this: they strive for style without borders. For Costo, style, ecology and lasting quality go hand in hand. Designed in Finland, manufactured in Estonia.
ROOM 1804 – FAMOUS ARCHITECTS
Finnish architecture is renowned around the world, and some examples can also be found in Tallinn. But Tallinn would have acquired a more Finnish façade, if Eliel Saarinen's vision of a Greater Tallinn had been realised. This room introduces this vision of an alternative Tallinn that was never to be.
ROOM 1805 – LAND OF 10,000 LAKES
Finns and Estonians share a love of forests – and nature in general. You could say that forests are our churches. To celebrate this relationship, we have installed The Finnish Nature Photo of the Year exhibition (2015) in this hotel room, and will be periodically changing the photos.
ROOM 1806 – THE EMBASSY OF REPUBLIC OF FINLAND
The Finnish Embassy in Tallinn symbolises the close political ties of our two countries. It is probably also the embassy that more Finns have visited than any other in order to solve various problems. But the nature and behaviour of Finnish tourists is changing, and now they can all be Finnish ambassadors – at least if they stay in this room.
The room is decorated with furniture and details from the Finnish Embassy in Tallinn, and it also incorporates the official portraits of our presidents who have visited Tallinn over time.
ROOM 1807 – FINNISH DESIGN CLASSICS
Finnish design is world famous, but it's not just a distant ideology, but something that touches all of us. It makes our lives better and more pleasant – at home and abroad. To illustrate and celebrate this, we have furnished a room with 100 iconic Finnish objects. Some of them are actual objects, some are photos on the walls, and some can be seen on the pages of the coffee table books in the room.
ROOM 1808 – I SAW IT ON MTV3
Finnish television has played a special role in Estonia's history, and it has cemented the special relationship between Estonians and Finns when it comes to culture and language. This room celebrates that – the revolution that wasn't televised, but was started by television, one might say. Finnish MTV3 was an especially welcomed window to the West. And it taught two generations of northern Estonians to speak Finnish.
ROOM 1809 – TOP OF THE POPS
Nostalgia and longing are traditional and reoccurring themes in popular music, everywhere and always, and this also applies to Finnish music. But besides all the more exotic destinations, Finns have always longed to visit Estonia. After all, it's just across the sea. This room celebrates Finnish music through two bands that have kept longing to go to Tallinn: Neljä Ruusua and Miljoonasade. The wall is a copy of the backstage of the Tavastia-klubi in Helsinki, Finland. Tavastia is one of the oldest rock clubs in Europe and has been acclaimed as one of the best in its kind. Both domestic and international artists want to play at Tavastia and to sign the legendary backstage wall.
ROOM 1810 – FINGERPORI
Finns have a weird, dark and particular sense of humour – just like Estonians – which is epitomized by our love of Pertti Jarla's Fingerpori, probably the most beloved comic strip in Finland.
The room celebrates that – but in a very "Fingerporish" way. Not just by putting Fingerpori strips on the walls, or incorporating Fingerpori merchandise (for example, the Fingerpori-album in the drawer instead of the Bible), but by adding elements from the some iconic strips to the room décor as a final touch.
ROOM 1811 – ____ OF FINLAND
If an artist's name incorporates the phrase "of Finland", he must be of a national importance. In the case of Tom of Finland, mainstream fame came late, but this is no surprise. This is an artist that is not suitable for everyone's eyes or to their liking, but someone whose story definitely deserves to be told. This room celebrates the Tom of Finland movie, letting us all be ____s of Finland.
Welcome to the floor where Finland celebrates its centenary! And we with them, on our 45th year of activity!
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