is some information about my life here in Finland. I got
married at the age of 23 and got five children, but live
now alone because my husband died 11 years ago and all
children have moved away. But the children keep in touch.
I have 5 grandchildren, none of them in Jyväskylä,
and I keep myself busy still working three short days a
week. I became a general doctor in 1969 and started work
in the Central Hospital of Middle Finland 34 years ago,
mostly taking care of the hospital staff (occupational
health may be the term). My life has been rich and exciting.
Now it is more and mostly peaceful. And I am in fairly
good health. I am able to walk to work, or bike, or drive.
Depends on the weather and the mood.
My best regards to you and the class
Note: With a population of near 75,000, Jyväskylä,
Finland was founded by Tsar Nicholas I in 1837, and is situated
central Finland on the north side of a beautiful small lake.
is linked by a narrow strait to Lake Päijänne, Finland's
second largest lake and its deepest at 313 ft.
an important traffic junction, the administrative and cultural
center of central Finland and
an industrial town noted for its woodworking, metalworking
and trade fairs. The first Finnish-language secondary school
was established here in 1858. The University was founded
Photo: Jyväskylä city center