Finnish National Theatre
The Finnish National Theatre , founded in 1872 in the city of Pori
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. The city is located some from the Gulf of Bothnia, on the estuary of the Kokemäenjoki river, which is the largest in Finland. Pori is the most important town in the Satakunta region....
, is located in central Helsinki
Helsinki is the capital and largest city in Finland. It is in the region of Uusimaa, located in southern Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. The population of the city of Helsinki is , making it by far the most populous municipality in Finland. Helsinki is...
on the northern side of the Helsinki Central Railway Station Square
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. It is the world's oldest theatre with performances in Finnish. It was known as the Finnish Theatre until 1902 when it was renamed the Finnish National Theatre.
The building hosting the Finnish National Theatre today was completed in 1902 and designed by Onni Tarjanne in the National Romantic style
National Romantic Style
The National Romantic style was a Nordic architectural style that was part of the national romantic movement during the late 19th and early 20th century. Designers turned to early Medieval and even prehistoric precedents to construct a style appropriate to the perceived character of a people...
, inspired by romantic nationalism
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The theatre is often associated with the statue of the Finnish national romantic writer Aleksis Kivi
Aleksis Kivi , born Alexis Stenvall, was a Finnish author who wrote the first significant novel in the Finnish language, Seven Brothers...
, located in front of it.