Born in Keuruu (Central Finland). She studied Romance Philology, Art History and Journalism at Helsinki University and later in Besançon (France). She has always been interested in French culture, and is a specialist in French and Black African films.
She has been a programmer at the Finnish Film Archive since 1985, where she is responsible for international relations and for programmes of French and French-speaking films, Italian cinema, and of films from Black Africa, the Arab countries, Iran and South America. She is in charge of the programmes of Finnish cinema organised outside Finland. She works as a translator (specialising in cinema) and has taken part in the activities of various cultural associations in Finland since the seventies. In the nineties she was responsible for UNESCO’s activities in Finland. She is currently Vice-president of the Federation of Franco-Finnish Associations and in 2003 she received the French Order of Chevalier of the Arts.