Katja Pantzar
writer, editor &
broadcast journalist


The sisu books are represented by the Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency: info@ahlbackagency.com

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).