John (Juha) Räikkonen
Finnish North American Literature Association

John Räikkonen was born Juha Räikkonen in Finland and migrated to the US in his
teens.  According to John, he is a proud American-Finn living in the Charleston SC area,
close to his daughter and grandchildren. He arrived in America at age 17. His book is a
memoir about growing up in Finland and Sweden during the Russian war and after. It is
an immigrant's story unlike you have ever read before. John's website is here:


2010 Life Is an Amazing Song. Self-published. Available at
Read a review here.
John Räikkonen
Photo by Savannah Vigeant