Kesäranta

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Kesäranta
Villa Bjälbo
Logo of the Prime Minister of Finland.svg
Kesäranta is the residence of the Prime Minister of Finland.
Kesäranta during the winter.
Location of Kesäranta in Helsinki, Finland.
Location of Kesäranta in Helsinki, Finland.
Kesäranta
Location in Helsinki, Finland.
General information
StatusIn use
TypeOfficial residence
AddressKesärannantie 1
00250 Helsinki
Town or cityHelsinki
CountryFinland
Coordinates60°11′04″N 24°54′22″E / 60.184544°N 24.906152°E / 60.184544; 24.906152
Current tenantsPrime Minister of Finland
Completed1873
Inaugurated1904
OwnerFinnish Government
Technical details
Floor count2
Website
valtioneuvosto.fi/en

Kesäranta (lit. "summer beach", Swedish: Villa Bjälbo) is the official residence of the Prime Minister of Finland, located in Helsinki, Finland. The residence is owned by the Finnish Government through Senate Properties. There is a zone of prohibited airspace over Kesäranta.[1]

History[edit]

Pre-government ownership[edit]

Kesäranta was built in 1873 as the summer villa of architect Frans Ludvig Calonius, under the Swedish name, Bjälbo.[2] At the time of its construction, Meilahti lay outside the boundaries of Helsinki. Initially, Kesäranta was a two-storey wooden villa, but in 1887, after it was acquired by Carl Robert Igantius, a cashier at the Bank of Finland, the building was altered to the designs of Elia Heikel, who added a 20-metre tower and a bayside veranda to the building.

Finland's Governor-General's residence[edit]

In 1904, Kesäranta was purchased by the State to serve as the summer residence of the Governor-General of Finland. Architect Jac Ahrenberg was commissioned to make the necessary changes to the building and its furnishings. A new kitchen wing was attached to the main building and a glazed veranda was built on to the side of the building facing the sea. The villa served as the summer residence of Governor-Generals Obolenski, Gerhard, Boeckmann, and Seyn.

Kesäranta during Finnish independence[edit]

Following Finland's declaration of its independence in 1917 and the Finnish Civil War in 1918, the German general Rüdiger von der Goltz lived in Kesäranta briefly. Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim also used Kesäranta as an occasional residence during his term as Regent, or Protector of State, from 1918 to 1919.

Since 1919, Kesäranta has served as the Prime Minister's official residence.

In the summertime, the government holds its informal evening sessions at Kesäranta. These take place on Wednesday evenings and date back to the 1930s, when Prime Minister Aimo Cajander adopted the practice of inviting ministers to Kesäranta to discuss and prepare matters to be handled in the Government plenary session on Thursday.

A thorough renovation of the main building took place first in the 1950s and again in the 1980s. The main building was restored to look as it did in the beginning of the century, including the rebuilding of the tower and the veranda, which had been removed in the 1950s. The courtyard of Kesäranta includes a seaside sauna, a maintenance building, a guard's house, a pavilion, a jetty, and a tennis court.

On July 13, 2016, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and the Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat met at Kesäranta to discuss issues pertaining to the European Union.[3][importance?]

In 2017, a blue sign reading "100" was installed on the yard of Kesäranta to commemorate the centennial year of Finnish independence.

Location[edit]

Kesäranta is located in the Helsinki neighborhood of Meilahti, overlooking Seurasaarenselkä. The street on which Kesäranta is located, Kesärannantie, has no other buildings.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trafi.fi - Prohibited areas". TraFi. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  2. ^ "Prime Minister's Official Residence". Valtioneuvosto. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  3. ^ "Pääministeri Sipilä ja Maltan pääministeri Muscat tapasivat Kesärannassa". Valtioneuvosto. Retrieved 2016-07-13.

Coordinates: 60°11′05″N 24°54′22″E / 60.18468°N 24.90600°E / 60.18468; 24.90600