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Tove Jansson
Tove Jansson in 1967
Tove Jansson in 1967
Born Tove Marika Jansson
(1914-08-09)9 August 1914
Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire
Died 27 June 2001(2001-06-27) (aged 86)
Helsinki, Finland
Occupation Artist, writer
Nationality Finnish
Notable works The Moomins
Notable awards Hans Christian Andersen Award
Order of the Smile
Pro Finlandia
Partner Tuulikki Pietilä


Tove Marika Jansson (Finland 9 August 1914 – 27 June 2001) was a Finnish-born novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author. For her contribution as a children's writer she received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1966.

Jansson is best known as the author of the Moomin books for children. The first such book, The Moomins and the Great Flood, appeared in 1945, though it was the next two books, Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll, published in 1946 and 1948 respectively, that brought her fame.

Jansson died in Helsinki, Finland from natural causes at the age of 86.

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