Until recently, Eeva Syvanen was a realtor in San Diego, where she was a founder of the Finnish School in San Diego. She also served three terms as president of the city’s Finlandia Foundation chapter, the House of Finland.
Eeva was born and raised in Helsinki, where she attended the French School and earned a Bachelor’s in International Marketing at the Helsinki School of Economics. She studied several languages and was a Finnair flight attendant for 16 years before moving to California in 1994, where she worked for the Finnish Company Suunto for 10 years.
Eeva says that her three adult sons were raised to be proud of their Finnish heritage, and all are fluent in the Finnish language, culture and customs.
“Finland,” she says, “is always in my heart!”