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international artist-in-residence program in rural Finland

seasons in Saksala

  • Saksala today
  • a tour through the building
  • see the rooms
  • the atelier
  • the museum
  • the gardens and fields
  • the seasons
  • art centre with Christmas decoration

  • The climate in Finland

    The main factor influencing Finland's climate is the country's geographical position between the 60th and 70th northern parallels in the Eurasian continent's coastal zone, which shows characteristics of both a maritime and a continental climate, depending on the direction of air flow. The mean temperature in Finland is several degrees (as much as 10°C in winter) higher than that of other areas in these latitudes, e.g. Siberia and south Greenland. The temperature is raised by the Baltic Sea, inland waters and, above all, by airflows from the Atlantic, which are warmed by the Gulf Stream.

    When westerly winds prevail, the weather is warm and clear in most of the country due to the 'föhn' phenomenon caused by the Keel range. Despite the moderating effect of the ocean, the Asian continental climate also extends to Finland at times, manifesting itself as severe cold in winter and extreme heat in summer.

    Since Finland is located in the zone of prevailing westerlies where tropical and polar air masses meet, weather types can change quite rapidly, particularly in winter. The systems known to affect Finnish weather are the low-pressure system usually found near Iceland and the high-pressure systems in Siberia and the Azores. The position and strength of these systems vary, and any one of them can dominate the weather for a considerable time.

    According to Köppen's climate classification, Finland belongs wholly to the temperate coniferous-mixed forest zone with cold, wet winters, where the mean temperature of the warmest month is no lower than 10°C and that of the coldest month no higher than -3°C, and where the rainfall is, on average, moderate in all seasons.

    The art centre is open the year round and there are all the differences in light, temperature, rain and snow.

    The summer starts fast in May, within two weeks it goes from winter to summer and the day light is 24 hours.


    The sunset gives every day new experiences and the so called 'blue minutes' (they are red) are magic.


    Spring is strong, fast and full of energy, in a few days the trees are in leaf.


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