... Savonian: I am originally from Southern Savonia (or South Savo) from a municipality that didn't have a name. It used the name of its nearest town Mikkeli with addendum "maalaiskunta" (rural municipality) that told what was it about. I was born in August, 1974.
... Helsinkian: I moved to Helsinki at autumn, 1995, for my studies. I have made it a home since. For shorter times I have also lived on the islands of Dominica (1999) and Tenerife (2020–2021).
... geographer: I graduated as Master of Science in 2001. I studied cultural geography and specialised in urban geography. Since I have been doing research and drawing maps, among other activities.
... Lutheran: I am a member of the Finnish Lutheran Church, I go sometimes to the Sunday mass, and I believe in God.
... left-handed: If I need to throw a ball, with my right hand I can probably throw it further. But if I have to hit something with it, better to use the left one.
... divorced: I was married from 2007 to 2017 but unfortunatelty it didn't last. I don't have children nor do I want any. But I have two godsons.
... centre-right: I am a member of Kokoomus political party which combines liberalism and conservatism, and so do I.
I like dogs even if I don't have one myself.
If you are interested in my political and NGO activities there is a list on the Finnish version of this page. Here, instead, I list some of my publications:
Lipsanen, N 2016, Immigrants and green space in the Helsinki region. In P Clark, M Niemi & C Nolin (eds), Green Landscapes in the European City, 1750–2010. Taylor and Francis (Routledge), Abingdon, pp. 160–174.
Lipsanen, N 2009, Changing places of sport in the lights of photographs: Helsinki 1976 & 2006. In P Clark, M Niemi & J Niemelä (eds), Sport, Recreation and Green Space in the European City. Studia Fennica Historica 16, pp. 184–195.
Lipsanen, N 2006, The seasonality of green space: The case of Uutela, Helsinki, c. 2000. In P Clark (ed), The European City and Green Space. London, Stockholm, Helsinki and Saint Petersburg, 1850–2000. Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 229–246.
See also my Master's Thesis:
Most of the maps of this book are drawn by me:
Clark, P 2013 (ed), The Oxford handbook of cities in world history. Oxford University Press.
Photo: Selfie, Eiranranta (Helsinki) 2016