About us

Very Finnish Problems was created by British Helsinki resident and author Joel Willans in 2016. Originally launched to win a playful bet, it is now one of Finland's most popular social media brands. With nearly 900 thousand fans on 5 social channels, VFP's content reaches an average of 10 million plus people, globally, every month.


Joel Willans at Helsinki Book Fair, 2018

Specialising in humour and insights related to life in Finland, Joel and his team create social content from memes and infographics to podcasts and video, which connect with a truly global audience. VFP's most popular video has been viewed over 15 million times and its most viral social content has been published by newspapers and media worldwide.

 In 2017, Gummerus published Joel's best-seller 101 Very Finnish Problems: A Foreigner's Guide to Surviving Finland. A year later this was followed by the sequel More Very Finnish Problems: An Even More Essential Guide to Surviving Finland. These days, Joel is a popular keynote speaker and is regularly invited to share his opinions about Finland on Finnish and international TV and media. 

Very Finnish Problems books

Now to help Very Finnish Problems fans showcase their love for the land on top of the world, we’ve launched the Very Finnish Problems shop. Here, you’ll find new uniquely designed Very Finnish Problems merchandise every week.

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