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Eino Leino’s Kajaani
Armas Einar Leopold Lönnbohm, the emperor of poetry Eino Leino as he was also known, was born on 6th of July 1878 in Paltaniemi of Paltamo, which today is a part of Kajaani. He lived his childhood in Hövelö as did his well-known brothers Oskar Andres Ferdinand Lönnbohm (1856-1927) and Kasimir Agathon Leino (1866-1919). Eino Leino house, built in the traditional way and true to the old Hövelö House, was opened on Eino Leino’s 100th anniversary in 1978. The house provides an introduction to the poet’s colourful life and extensive literary works. The house hosts also an exhibition on Elias Lönnrot's life.
Open from June to August. Open also when summer theater shows are.
Other times by appointment.
Eino Leino House is jointly owned by Eino Leino Society in Kainuu and Elias Lönnrot Society and built in 1978 resembling the house where Eino Leino was born. Also another great man used to live in the same old Hövelö house; that was Elias Lönnrot who compiled Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, and lived there around the time when old Kalevala was published.
The house exhibits, among other things, photos of the life and works of Elias Lönnrot and Eino Leino. The house hosts also a book exhibition of Eino Leino’s works as well as a café and a shop of cultural products. The shop has a selection of books and various cultural products. The Lystinurmi barn in the grounds hosts also exhibitions in summertime.
In July, Paltaniemi Theatre produces summer theatre plays on a stage built on the grounds. Times for the plays are listed in the Eino Leino Society in Kainuu website.
In mid-July, Eino Leino House organises literary workshops in connection with Paltaniemi Day. In summer in Lystiniemi, Casamba organises dance courses and dances in connection with them; outside the summer theatre season, also poetry reading in the café in cooperation with various parties on Thursday evenings.
A traditional playground for children with an open view to Paltaselkä. Steps and duckboards lead from the riverbank to the pier. Sheep graze on the grounds.
The house is available for hire all year round for various private gatherings. In summertime both Eino Leino House and Lystinurmi are popular venues for e.g. weddings. Up-to-date information on events and programme are on the website and on Facebook.
Voluntary entrance fee to the house is 2 euros per person, groups 2 euros per person.
Excursions can be booked at:
KAJAANIN MATKAILUOPPAAT - KAJAANI GUIDES
Tel. 044 500 5276 and 044 500 4471
A guided tour at the house may be arranged at
Eino Leino House
Tel. 045 884 9350