A Piece of Finland, in The Netherlands

  • Mark
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  • 1st June 2015
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    As we’ve said before The Netherlands has been likened to the Nordics on many occasions, people have even questioned whether they once were joined, or will be in the future. So it is no surprise that in Amsterdam, a city of modern architecture, culturally important premises, cobble streets and bikes, that we find a shop […]




    As we’ve said before The Netherlands has been likened to the Nordics on many occasions, people have even questioned whether they once were joined, or will be in the future. So it is no surprise that in Amsterdam, a city of modern architecture, culturally important premises, cobble streets and bikes, that we find a shop dedicated to one of the Nordics, Finland.

    A Piece of Finland is situated in around the trendy district of  Jordaan, on the Haarlemmerdijk. The Haarlemmerdijk is a hub of cafes, specialty restaurants and one off boutiques neighbouring each other along the street.

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    But A Piece of Finland wasn’t born from someone who just happened to have an interest in Finland, it comes from two native Finnish women whose passion is to share their native home, in Amsterdam and all the products that come from there.

    A Piece of Finland

    It was a rainy Amsterdam afternoon when the two Finnish ladies first met. Anna had spent a few months prior developing a concept for a space in which Finnish culture meets food, design and travel. Ramona had in turn been nurturing a dream of a combined café and shop, for Finnish products. After a brief chat, the women decided to put their heads together and start a new, exciting journey of entrepreneurship together.

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    The decision made on a wintery afternoon has led to a successful partnership and the opening of A Piece Of Finland, in April 2014. We are the Finnish Design Shop & Coffee Corner in Amsterdam, providing a unique service and a living room for finnofans and anyone else looking to connect to Finnish goods, travel and culture.

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    Design products on offer include home tableware and gifts, glassware and décor, rubber shoes and boots, leather bags and accessories, organic cosmetics, children’s clothes and a changing selection of books. In addition, we offer traditional foods to take home such as rye breads, chocolates and seasonal delicacies. In the coffee corner you can sample on traditional Karelia pies, smoked salmon sandwiches and cinnamon rolls, with some excellent tea and coffee. A Piece Of Finland also hosts themed events and provides independent travel consultation. We’re open 7 days a week. You can find us also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter.”

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    www.apieceoffinland.nl

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    Nordic in the Netherlands – Nordic Vibes

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  • 10th May 2015
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    This blog is for you if you are a Nordophile searching for Nordic artists who showcase their art and other wares through design, food or maybe music and you find yourself intrigued by the most likened to being a Nordic country, The Netherlands. Nordic Vibes brings to you in Dutch and English some amazing artists who […]




    This blog is for you if you are a Nordophile searching for Nordic artists who showcase their art and other wares through design, food or maybe music and you find yourself intrigued by the most likened to being a Nordic country, The Netherlands.

    Nordic Vibes brings to you in Dutch and English some amazing artists who have one thing in common, they are Nordic.

    Janine Sterenborg has spent much of her time travelling to the Nordic regions to bring Nordophiles a glimpse into the countries that they love.

    If it’s Nordic and relevant to the Netherlands and beyond, then you will find it here. But with more of her site being translated into English there will be no Nordophile stone unturned!

    I spoke with Janine and asked her, to sum up, Nordic Vibes for us and here is her beautifully poetic answer describing her passion, which most certainly makes her a Nordophile.

    Janine from Nordic Vibes sitting in front of a cafe

    Nordic Vibes showcases Scandinavian arts and its culture. All Nordic arts share a similar vibe: the silence combined with the rough scene. The energy of cities like Stockholm, and the cuteness against the rawness of the sumptuous Iceland.

    The space, nature and silence of the Nordics capture the imagination of many. Eyes twinkle when thinking about the northern part of Europe, yet there was no place to find a compilation of the arts all of us love so much. It is time to gather, exchange experiences and discover new talents.

    Nordic Vibes has a strong focus on travel, music and more and more on Nordic Cuisine, with extra regard to artists, events and locations in The Netherlands.

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