Katja Pantzar is a Helsinki-based writer, editor, and journalist.
Raised and educated in Canada (with stints in New Zealand and
the UK), I’ve published in media from The Globe and Mail to Monocle
and hosted a range of international virtual and live events from Tampere Smart
City Week 2021 to the Baltic Sea Challenge online seminar. My next
book, Everyday Sisu: Tapping into Finnish Fortitude for a Happier, More
Resilient Life, will be published in March 2022 by Penguin Random House US.
Through expert interviews and fact-based information, Everyday Sisu examines
how we can better support our mental and physical wellbeing, while addressing
the importance of taking care of each other and our planet. My previous
wellbeing title, The Finnish Way (Penguin Random House US), has been published in 24 countries including the UK, Germany, China, Russia, Japan, and France, thanks
to my amazing agent Elina Ahlbäck. The book
takes readers on a journey to Finland and explores simple and sensible ways to
boost wellbeing inspired by the Nordic lifestyle such as winter swimming and
the unique concept of courage and resilience called sisu. The Finnish Way has
been featured in the world’s media from Le Figaro, El País and Corriere della
Sera to Vogue, Real Simple, NBC, CNN Travel and Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper. In addition
to magazine and book publishing, I have also worked in news journalism (online,
radio and TV) at Yle, the Finnish public broadcasting corporation, and been an
occasional Helsinki correspondent for London-based Monocle 24, providing an
international perspective on local events. I have a master’s degree in International
Journalism from the City University of London (England) and a bachelor’s degree
in Communication from Simon Fraser University (Canada).