1963-born journalist, based in Helsinki. Been professional film critic since 1985. Contributes to the second biggest Finnish daily newspaper, Aamulehti, and also a women's monthly mag, Trendi. Been the stringer for <I>Variety</I> in Finland since 1998, prior to that duly reported for <I>Variety</I>'s International Film Guide. Used to live in Tampere, where studied journalism, sociology and both art and film history. Moved to Helsinki in 1997, when discovered he was in love with the Finnish capital with its streetcars and the ever-evolving café scene. When off-duty, charms people by cooking veggie pasta sauces. Entertains his friends with quotes from Gustave Flaubert's "Le Dictionnaire des Idées Reçues." Likes to stroll.