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Tony Öhberg
Jörn Donner, a Finnish author, politician and movie director. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Jörn Donner, a Finnish author, politician and movie director. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

“A hundred reindeer would attract more tourists,” said Jörn Donner, a Finnish author, politician and movie director, while talking about the significance of Guggenheim Helsinki art museum. He called the project “a great hustle,” where the City of Helsinki would become the financial victim.

On Wednesday night, the plans to build the museum were voted down by the Helsinki City Council, but a member of the council, Terhi Koulumies (NCP), got interested in the idea of bringing reindeer in Helsinki to attract more tourists.


Terhi Koulumies. Picture: Press photo

“The idea is interesting,” Koulumies said on her blog. “I decided, in the honor of Little Christmas, to find out the terms required to bring in a flock of reindeer to the capital,” she said.

According to Koulumies, the most natural setting for the reindeer would be the Central Park, the area of 10 square kilometers, stretching from Töölö Bay in the south to the border of Helsinki and Vantaa in the north. “Because there is busy traffic around the forest, the area of their habitat should very likely be fenced-in,” Koulumies said.

Koulumies contacted the Helsinki Public Works Department and asked where a reindeer corral would fit best. The person responsible for the nature management sounded interested and promised to dig into the matter. “The person had never heard about a similar initiative to farm reindeer in southern Finland.”

According to the nature management, it could be possible to maintain a flock of reindeer in the forest areas of the park, if they would be under 24 hours’ surveillance to prevent vandalism.

“I think there could be an opportunity here. What then, if the reindeer corral would require a 24 hours’ surveillance? It would be significantly cheaper for the tax payers than the proposed Guggenheim art museum,” Koulumies said.