Hanasaari is an enchanting place in the midst of the archipelago, close to the Helsinki city centre. The Hanasaari Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre promotes and develops interaction between Finland and Sweden, as well as co-operation in all areas of society.
Hanasaari’s home is a modern well-maintained building, amply decorated with modern Finnish and Swedish art. The Hanasaari cultural centre was inaugurated on 1 June 1975 by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and President Urho Kekkonen of Finland. The building was designed by architect Veikko Malmio, and its original interior decorations by Professor Yrjö Sotamaa.
An art competition was organised during the building phase, and the winner was revealed by King Carl XVI Gustaf when he inaugurated the house. The winning piece was Heikki Häiväoja‘s grand relief “Vuorovaikutus” (Interaction). Two other participating works were also purchased for Hanasaari: Marjatta Weckström‘s relief “Vuodenajat” (The seasons), which today can be seen in Restaurant Johannes, and the bronze front doors with small coloured windows embedded in them by Kauko Räsänen.
Located on the island of Hanasaari, the newly renovated Hanaholmen is home to the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre, and features a modern hi-tech conference centre and quality hotel. Located 10 minutes away from Helsinki centre, each Hanaholmen hotel room offers a view of unique maritime nature, with the archipelago islands just outside the window. In Restaurant Johannes’ you can try Nordic-style dishes, carefully prepared with best local seasonal produce and inspired by surrounding nature, while the new wine bar by the lobby offers an exciting selection of drinks throughout the year. During the summer season guests are welcome to enjoy their drinks on the terrace surrounded with charming sea views. There are two saunas, a relaxation area with a fireplace, and a 17 metre pool in the hotel’s sauna department.