Origins of the game in Finland
Curling in Finland has it's distant roots in 1909 when Scot Geoffrey W. Easton who lived in Viipuri, brought the first curling stones and equipment to Finland. The number of curlers from way back in those days is unknown. It is believed that curling was brought to Finland again during the 1930's, because some curling stones were later found from the attic of the Tali Golf Club, which seemed to date back to the 1930's.
However, things really got going for curling in Finland later in the 1960's and 1970's. The oldest curling club in Finland, Helsinki Curling Club, was founded in 1962. In 1979, Finland became a member of the World Curling Federation. The historically important Hyvinkää Curling Club was founded in 1971, and ever since then, the Hyvinkää Curling Club, and the international level players it has cultivated, has been a driving force in Finnish Curling.
Hyvinkää Curling Club is still our biggest curling club, but nowadays, there are also several other clubs that offer a variety of curling activities around Finland. For example, the cities of Turku, Joensuu ja Åland all have active curling clubs, which provide different services to people interested in curling. You can find a link to all of the Finnish Curling Clubs from the Home page.
Important international achievements in Finnish Curling:
- European Championships Bronze 2015 (women)
- World Mixed Doubles Championships Silver 2008
- Olympic Silver 2006 (men)
- European Mixed Championships Gold 2005
- World Championships Bronze 2003 (men)
- European Championships Gold 2000 (men)
- World Championships Silver 1997 (junior men)