Mummolaakso - A Moominvalley for older lesbians and bisexual women
Mummolaakso (Granny valley) is a non-profit association that works to promote solidarity, social interaction and well-being especially among older lesbians and bisexual women in Finland. The name Mummolaakso is inspired by Muumilaakso (Moominvalley), the home of fantastical yet very human Moomin creatures invented by the Finnish author and lesbian icon Tove Jansson.
The organization is based in Helsinki but offers support to local initiatives nationwide. We cooperate with the Turku-based association Turun Seudun Mummolaakso and the Mummolaakso peer group operating in Tampere. Mummolaakso is a member of the national LGBTI rights organization SETA and the Feminist Association Unioni.
Meeting like-minded lezzies, staying active, and ageing with pride
Since its foundation in 1994 Mummolaakso has sought to make life more enjoyable for lesbians and bisexual women in all periods of life, including old age. We arrange regular dances, visits to cultural events, outdoor recreation, weekend trips, discussions, reading circles and other events. Although Mummolaakso caters to the tastes of middle-aged and older women, many of the activities are equally of interest to younger dykes and queers. All activities are run on a volunteer basis. Mummolaakso cooperates with SETA's work involving lgbtiq seniors.
We encourage visitors, new-Finns, foreign residents and others interested in the Helsinki lesbian scene to check out coming events on our calendar. Listed below are those where knowledge of Finnish language is not important, more things to do on the Finnish pages.
Excursion in Seurasaari Tues. 25.6.2019, (4pm) 6 pm
Seurasaari, 00250 Helsinki
An evening outdoors in open-air museum Seurasaari. If you wish, bring walking poles and picnic food with you. In sunny weather, outdoor activities can start in the afternoon at 4 pm on women’s nudist beach (on the west coast of the island). At the turn of the 1970s and 1980s the beach was popular with lesbians, who came in groups or on their own to sunbathe, to hang around, and to flirt. Come and test the atmosphere of this historic naturist retreat in the company of Mummolaakso dykes, either in Eve's outfit or oben ohne. There is a toilet, an outdoor shower and a dressing room.
A brisk walk around the island starts at 6 pm from Cafe Mieritz (at the end of the bridge), passing sights like the old church boats. In favorable weather the evening continues with a game of petanque, which was the favorite game at Mummolaakso during its early years. Barbequing is also possible at the grill. Bus 24 runs from city center to the island.
Mummolaakso contingent at Helsinki Pride Parade Sat 29.6.2019
At Senate Square, line-up 11 am - starting at noon.
Members and supporters of Mummolaakso are invited to join our contingent in the Pride march. Look out for the yellow Mummolaakso-banner near the beginning of the parade and squeeze in!
Preliminary Route from Senate Square: Unioninkatu - Aleksanterinkatu - Mannerheimintie - Eteläesplanadi - Kasarmikatu - Neitsytpolku - Kaivopuisto Park. The length of the trip is about 2.5 km. There are cobblestones, tram tracks, and a few uphill tracks along the route.
The much-recommended early evening party for women only, Sherry & Coffee dance party, starts at 5pm at Botta.
Sherry & coffee party Sat 29.6.2019, 5-11 pm
Restaurant Ostrobotnia, Ballroom 2nd floor, Museokatu 10, 00100 Helsinki
Arranged ever since the founding of Mummolaakso in 1994, this annual women-only party is an institution and tops off the good flow of Helsinki pride week!
At downtown restaurant 'Botta' the party will be in full swing from beginning to end. Come early to enjoy five full hours of good vibes and lots of dancing. Dj Lailis keeps everybody in bouncy rhythms, uproarious karaoke is hosted by Minnis 6-10 pm. Sherry with coffee is optional, but a traditional refreshment to get the evening going!
Entry fee 15/10€ for members (cash or credit card). Age limit 18 years
Members pay a reduced price in Mummolaakso events and get 4 times a year a Finnish-language newsletter by email or post, with the latest news and updates on activities. Annual membership fee is 30€ / 20€ (low income)/ 100€ (supporting membership).
You can become a member by paying the membership fee either to our bank account Ålandsbanken IBAN FI1666010001185982, BIC AABAFI22, or in cash or card payment at Mummolaakso events. Membership is approved by the board. If you use bank transfer, include your name and address to get the membership card and bulletins posted to you.
Who we are
Chair: Minna Hirvonen
Vice chair: Virva Hepolampi
Board members & vice members: Anitta, Anneli, Hannele, Liisa, Miia, Nina, Sanna, Teija, Tiina, and Ursula.