Tove Jansson created the Moomin characters, but the ideator behind Moominworld and the Moomin animations was Dennis Livson (1946–2013).
Born in Helsinki, Livson was a multi-talented media professional and entrepreneur, and he began determinedly to realise his vision of making educational children's programs in the 1980s. There were altogether 104 episodes made in Japan of the Moomin animation series, which was created in co-operation with Tove Jansson's brother, Lars Jansson.
Livson's idea to build a Moomin theme park in Finland progressed in the beginning of the 1990s. When Tove Jansson approved the plans, the first and only Moominworld was opened in Naantali on the Kailo island in 1993. Dennis Livson was the Artistic Director of Muumimaailma Oy. His two sons are still members of the company's board.
The Moomin philosophy has some great values at heart: family, friendliness, respecting other people and nature, adventurousness and security. These values are visible in Moominworld and its operation. In addition to Moomins, in Moominworld you can also get to know genuine archipelago nature; Kailo island is an ideal place to enjoy culture with the whole family.