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

Learn the secrets of the happiest country in the world!

We are thrilled to hear that Finland is the happiest country in the world for the seventh consecutive year, according to the World Happiness Report of 2024!

You can read CNN’s coverage of the latest results here: These are the world’s happiest countries in 2024 | CNN

The report itself can be accessed here: World Happiness Report 2024 | The World Happiness Report

We are not shy to share the secrets of our happiness and well-being with others!
Professor Frank Martela, one of the leading researchers of happiness and meaning in life, has been sharing his insights into the Finnish way of living in numerous articles, lastly in CNBC: Finland psychologist, happiness researcher: Phrases we use every day (
He is currently writing his next non-fiction title Stop Chasing Happiness about what the Finnish way of accepting life as it is, not making a fuss about what is good or bad in their lives, and not caring about happiness that much, can teach other people.
We now have three English sample chapters for the book!

Download the English materials for Stop Chasing Happiness here!

One of the most important ways for the Finns to boost their physical and mental well-being is the hot and cold contrast therapy – pairing a good steam in a sauna with an icy dip in a lake or the sea.
You can learn more about the Finnish hot and cold method from Katja Pantzar and Carita Harju‘s upcoming non-fiction title The Power of Hot and Cold: From Sauna to Sea: The Finnish Way to a Happy, Healthy Life, slated to be published in the United Kingdom in November 2024 by Hodder & Stoughton!

Download the English materials for The Power of Hot and Cold here!


Stop Chasing Happiness

Frank Martela

Want to be happier? Stop searching for happiness. Obsessing about happiness is, paradoxically, one of the key obstacles for a happier life. For seven years in a row, Finland has been the world’s happiest country and the wisdom emerging from this land of darkness and heavy metal teaches you to stop caring about happiness, about what others think, and about what happens next. This liberates you to take life as it is.

In this book, Finland’s leading happiness expert offers straight-talking life advice on why finding happiness is not about learning new things – it is more about unlearning patterns of thinking holding you back. Combining ancient wisdom with latest research and mixing it all together with quirky stories and Frank’s encounters with peculiar Finnish characters met in the forest, in rock festivals, and during his hitchhiking and other travels around the country, the book guides you to build a way of living where you are content and serene, yet actively engaged and energized to pursue your self-chosen purposes in life.


The Power of Hot and Cold

Katja Pantzar and Carita Harju

Step into the world of hot and cold, where contrast therapy – pairing a good steam in a sauna with an icy dip in a lake or the sea – is an essential part of life in Finland. More than a trending pastime, the traditional Finnish practice of alternating hot and cold has a range of health benefits that boost mental and physical wellbeing, which greatly contribute to happiness. It’s also a large part of the reason Finland has been named the World’s Happiest Country for seven years in a row.

This definitive guide by two experts takes readers on a journey into the transformative powers of hot and cold by pairing the sauna, that quintessential hot Finnish steam bath, with a cold-water dip. Along the way, it serves up the inspiration and practical tools for creating a wellness retreat using the Nordic contrast bathing philosophy, wherever you are in the world.

The Finnish hot and cold method boosts happiness by increasing wellbeing and encouraging connection with nature. It’s the secret to how the world’s happiest nation keeps calm and carries on – no matter what life throws at them. Now you too can learn their secrets.

About author

Carita Harju

Carita Harju is a Finnish sauna experience expert and marketing professional whose mission is to share the Finnish sauna’s positive health and wellness benefits with the world. She is the founder and executive director of Sauna from Finland, which represents an international network of more than 200 sauna industry companies. The organization’s mission is to create the world’s best sauna experiences, and Harju loves her work, because it allows her to advance an idea that she is personally so passionate about. Carita Harju has always enjoyed saunas, goes to sauna with her family nearly every day and gives talks all over the world.

Her first illustrated guide, Sauna - The Way of Finnish Life (2016), has been published in four languages, including German and Chinese. Her second book, Soul of the Sauna, was released in Japanese and Hungarian, while her newest title Saunafulness (Hyvää oloa saunomalla, 2021) has been sold to 4 territories.

About author

Frank Martela

Professor Frank Martela, PhD, is a philosopher and researcher of psychology specializing in the question of meaning in life. His articles have appeared in Scientific American Mind, Harvard Business Review, Salon, CNBC and his work has been featured on Quartz and on the BBC. His research has been published extensively in numerous academic journals such as Nature Human Behaviour, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Journal of Personality, Metaphilosophy, Southern Journal of Philosophy, and Academy of Management Review. He has spoken to more than one hundred audiences worldwide, including invited lectures in universities on five continents, including Stanford University and Harvard University. He’s been interviewed by the New York Times, Discover Magazine, New Scientist, Vice News, Fox News, and Monocle Observer among others. He is Assistant Professor at Aalto University in Finland.

Outside of work, Frank is a father to three lovely children, an amateur-level soccer player, with an occasional skiing trip in the winters. He is made in Green Bay, so Packers holds a special place in his heart.

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.

The FILI translation grants application round is open now until 1st of Feruary!

We are happy to inform you that the FILI Winter 2024 grant application period is now open and will last until February 1st. What better way to start the year than by acquiring your next Finnish title and author!

FILI offers grants to support the translation of Finnish literature. These grants are intended for publishers outside Finland and are to be applied towards the translator’s fee. Grants are awarded for translating works of fiction and general non-fiction, children’s and young adult (YA) books, and comics and graphic novels from the Finnish, Finland-Swedish and Sámi languages. Grants are awarded to cover part of the translation cost, on average, 50 to 70 per cent. Grants are also available for printing costs for comics and graphic novels and for children’s picture books. Read more here: APPLY FOR THE FILI GRANTS

Now is the time to find your new Finnish bestseller and award-winner – see some of our  highlights below, and browse our latest catalogue here: Ahlback Agency Fall 2023 Catalogue


The Investigations of One Cat

Katja Kettu

Katja Kettu’s stunning novel spins through ages whilst surrendering to the wilderness of nature and the deep yearning for offsprinng.

  • National Bestseller: sold closer to 10,000 copies in Finland
  •  Katja Kettu’s works have been translated into 23 languages.

Katja Kettu superbly commands the verbalization of emotional charges with strong expression. [—]. THE INVESTIGATIONS OF ONE CAT alluringly combines different traditions of storytelling, as if underlining how borders and categories can be broken and pierced. The novel doesn’t stay neatly and cutely in a specific box but wanders and sprawls. Its story carries, its sensations change from one extreme to the other and its language oscillates through its wordforms and rhythms. And, amidst everything, the peculiar Cat brings delight.”

– Kaisa Kurikka in Turun Sanomat newspaper

Request the reading materials here


36 Urns – A History of Being Wrong

Sirpa Kähkönen

Winner of the Finlandia Prize 2023 & nominated for the Savonia Prize 2023 & Runeberg Prize 2024!

“The work helped me to empathise with the life of another person. It touched me, causing an emotional avalanche. The impact of the book is comparable to a well-targeted blow to the chest. The book has not given me peace, I keep on stumbling upon my own emotional blockages.

The book is a controlled literature work, perceptive and insightful. Confesssion-like. The text is clear and precise.

The author has the skill to study life, to study another person in an understanding way, without resentment or bitterness. She digs deep into the roots of existence and finds a way to combine objective review with a subjective and psychologically loaded content.

The personal experience of the author grows into a universal reach,  and she finds something globally applicable about humans, hate, anger, lies, hope, dreams and their crumbling, death.

The world is not only what one can see. This brings forth a masterpiece, which is worth living for.”

– Jorma Uotinen, Finlandia Literature Prize 2023 Grand Juror

Request the English materials here


The Kristinestad Murders #1: Revenge

Kaisu Tuokko

The peace of the idyllic seaside town Kristinestad is broken in the first installment of an addictive new crime series.

”Will Kaisu Tuokko’s Kristinestad be Finland’s equivalent to Camilla Läckberg’s Fjällbacka or
Mari Jungstedt’s Visby?  (…) Tuokko has taken a model from another classic author, namely Agatha Christie. The reader has no real chance to identify the killer, although clearly the most important question is ”who dunnit”. (…) The key thing is that Tuokko succeeds in creating excitement and suspense by bringing up current social phenomena against an idyllic setting.”

– Taika Dahlbom in Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

Request the English materials here



Max Seeck

New independent crime novel by the New York Times Bestselling and Spiegel Bestselling Author Max Seeck, winner of the Glass Key Award 2023!

MILO is a psychological suspense novel with surprising twists and interesting facts about the game of chess. It’s also a story of complex human relationships, sex and issues people are facing when they approach the middle-age. The novel also covers a lot of art and other cultural references, maintaining the erotic vibe that stems from Milo’s and Ronja’s sexual adventures.

”The development and writing process for the series begins in 2024 with the real production starting in 2025 the earliest. The timing will naturally become clearer as the project progresses. We at Solar are very happy to continue our cooperation with Max.”

-Solar Films CEO Jukka Helle 

Request the English materials here


The Horned God

Magdalena Hai

Creeping horror for the YA audience. Winner of the Finlandia Prize 2023 and nominated for the Topelius award 2024!

“17-year-old Lauri wakes up in hospital after a car accident. His mother has passed away and his father is in a coma in hospital. The horror story beautifully links the descriptions of recovering from a big loss, the grueling presence of awful things, the guilt caused by mistakes and the act of letting go. The novel which influences the reader on many levels also describes in a lively matter the everyday life of teenagers, experiences of mental health struggles, and racism. Below the horror elements there is an undercurrent that ties people together. At times in a painful way.”

– The Topelius Award Jury

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Stop Secret Mysteries: Stinker the Horrific Sock Monster

Ilona Ahti, ill. Miila Westin

A funny middle-grade mystery series for fans of Roald Dahl. Nominated for the Runeberg Junior Prize 2024!

“The humour is enchanting, but above all Stop Secret succeeds in capturing something essential about the everyday life of children. This is what makes it such a fascinating book: simply incomprehensible things are mixed in with the ordinary and everyday. And when everything is tied together by the mystery in the story, that’s when you have all the ingredients for a gripping title.”

-Runeberg Junior Jury

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Do You Follow? How to have a less toxic relationship with social media

Perttu Pölönen

The book that every social media user should read! The third book by popular speaker and sales success Perttu Pölönen!

“A vast and ambitious look into the background of social media, the principles of becoming viral, the lack of ethical and social consideration in planning and the “redistribution” of power and addictions. Many interesting points of view, multiple suggestions on how to improve things, and a thorough runthrough. I recommend especially to those who spend a lot of time on social media!”

-Marko Suomi, book activist and podcast host, on

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Timeless Nordic Rituals: Bringing Purpose and Joy to Modern Life

Reetta Ranta

Rediscover our lost connection to nature by applying Nordic ancient and modern rituals in your own everyday life.

“I have been longing for books that would deal with [esoterism and new age] with a neutral matter-of-factness. [–] Timeless Nordic Rituals embarks on the challenge with a minimal, fresh take. The book is built on different phases marking human life, such as the turns of the moon, days of the week, months, seasons, and different ages. [–] Timeless Nordic Rituals does not offer easy solutions, but rather a pondering on the character of rituals and humans’ longing ofr them, written in a light tone.”
– Noora Niittymäki on Nörttitytöt/

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Otava, September 2023, 380 pp.
Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
DENMARK: Lindhardt og Ringhof
ESTONIA: Koolibri
FRANCE: offer on table
ITALY: Mondadori
NORWAY: Pax Forlag
ROMANIA: Humanitas Fiction
SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag
Reading materials:
Finnish manuscript
English sample and synopsis coming soon



36 uurnaa – Väärässä olemisen historia
Siltala, August 2023, 267 pp.
Rights sold:
FINLAND: Siltala (orig.)
ESTONIA: Koolibri
GERMANY: Blessing Verlag (PRH)
SWEDEN: Lind & Co

Reading materials:
English sample and synopsis
Finnish edition



Otava, June 2023, 298 pp.
Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
Reading materials:
English sample and synopsis
English series presentation
German sample



Tammi, July 2024, tbc pp.
Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
FRANCE: Mera Éditions
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
NORWAY: Aschehoug
FILM & TV rights: Solar Films
Reading materials:
English sample and synopsis
Finnish manuscript in Spring 2024




Otava, March 2023, 162 pp.
Age group: 13+
Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
NORWAY: Gursli Berg
Reading materials:
English sample and synopsis




Stop Secret: Hikisukka Hirmunen
Tammi, September 2023, 144 pp.
Age group: 7+
Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
Reading materials:
English sample and synopsis


DO YOU FOLLOW? How to have a less toxic relationship with social media

Saisinko huomiosi: Kirja, joka jokaisen somenkäyttäjän pitäisi lukea
Otava, December 2023, 336 pp.
Rights sold:
Reading materials:
English sample



TIMELESS NORDIC RITUALS: Bringing Purpose and Joy to Modern Life

SKS Kirjat, August 2023, 348 pp.
Rights sold:
FINLAND: SKS Kirjat (orig.)
Reading materials:
English sample