Film & TV News: V Street Media has optioned Katja Pantzar’s THE FINNISH WAY for screen adaptation

We are absolutely thrilled to announce exciting film & tv news following the breaking news that Finland has been voted the Happiest Country in the World for the 7th time in a row:

Vancouver-based V Street Media has optioned Katja Pantzar’s THE FINNISH WAY (Penguin Random House US) for screen adaptation. THE FINNISH WAY is a bestselling non-fiction book revealing the secrets of Finnish Happiness:  an engaging practical guide to living a healthier, happier life through movement, winter swimming, nature, diet, and Sisu.  The deal was negotiated by V Street’s John Dippong and Elina Ahlback of Elina Ahlback Agency. Congratulations, Katja!

“Having grown up in Vancouver, I am absolutely thrilled that the fabulous John Dippong, a film industry expert and social advocate, has optioned The Finnish Way for screen!”  – says Katja Pantzar.

THE FINNISH WAY:  Finding Courage, Wellness, and Happiness through the Power of Sisu has been translated into 24 languages and published in the US by Penguin Random House.

Katja Pantzar is also the author of EVERYDAY SISU: Tapping into Finnish Fortitude for a Happier, More Resilient Life which was also published in English by TarcherPerigee Penguin Random House.

She is currently finishing THE POWER OF HOT AND COLD: From Sauna to Sea: The Finnish Way to a Happy, Healthy Life, together with her co-author Carita Harju. The book will be published in English by Yellow Kite / Hodder & Stoughton (orig.) in November 2024.

Download the English edition for THE FINNISH WAY here!

Download the English edition for EVERYDAY SISU here!

Download the full English text for THE POWER OF HOT AND COLD here!

THE FINNISH WAY: Finding Courage, Wellness, and Happiness through the Power of Sisu
Hodder & Stoughton (UK); TarcherPerigee (US), 2018, 320pp

Rights sold:
CHINA: Yeeyan Publishing
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FINLAND: Siltala Publishing
FRANCE: Belfond
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe GmbH & Co. KG
HUNGARY: Jaffa Publishing Ltd.
INDONESIA: Gramedia Pustaka Utama
ITALY: Marsilio
JAPAN: Hojosha
NETHERLANDS: Kosmos Uitgevers
POLAND: Jagiellonian University Press
PORTUGAL: Marcador
RUSSIA: AST Publishers
SLOVAKIA: Vydavatelstvo Motyl
SPAIN: Roca Juvenil
TAIWAN: My House
THAILAND: Openbooks Thailand
TURKEY: Mona Kitap
UNITED KINGDOM: Hodder & Stoughton
UNITED STATES: TarcherPerigee, Penguin Random House

Film & TV: V Street Media

Reading materials:
English edition

About author

Katja Pantzar

Helsinki-based writer, editor and journalist Katja Pantzar was raised in Canada with stints in New Zealand and the UK. Pantzar’s The Finnish Way has been translated into 24 languages. She is the author of three guides to the Finnish capital: The Hip Guide to Helsinki, Helsinki by Light and 100 Things to Do in Helsinki. Pantzar’s writing has appeared in a wide range of media, from The Globe and Mail to Elle. Her work has been widely covered around the world, including in Le Figaro, Le Monde, El País, Vogue, Real Simple, and more.


2018, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Finnish Way

Katja Pantzar