The basis for the Moomin World is basically one woman's life's work: the Finnish-Swedish author and illustrator Tove Jansson created the Moomin characters in her books, the first of which (The Moomins and the Great Flood) was published in 1945.
Tove Jansson (1914–2001) was a specially gifted multi-talented person who fulfilled herself on a grand scale. She was an author, painter, cartoonist and caricaturist, as well as a doctor of philosophy. The productive Jansson achieved success when her third Moomin book (Finn Family Moomintroll, 1948) made an international breakthrough.
Nowadays Tove Jansson is the most translated Finnish author of all time; her works can be read in over 30 languages. As well as Moomins, Tove Janssen wrote about other subjects, too, concentrating more and more on adult books in her later years.
Tove Jansson's works have touched people regardless of age, time and place.When Yleisradio organised the Great Finns poll in 2004, Jansson was placed 19th. Every Finn taller than a grasshopper knows the Moomins, but in Japan the characters are even more popular. There the Moomins have risen to a phenomena which is followed all the way to Finland, even to get married – and where else than in the Moomin World Moomin House.