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Eino Leino (Armas Einar Leopold Lönnbohm, 1878–1926) was a Finnish poet and journalist and is considered one of the pioneers of Finnish poetry. His poems combine modern and Finnish folk elements. The style of much of his work is like the Kalevala and folk songs. Leino published over 70 books of poems and stories. In addition to writing poetry, Eino Leino wrote in newspapers about theatre and culture in general and translated works of important writers such as Runeberg and Goethe. He was the first person in Finland to translate Dante's Divine Comedy into Finnish. Nature, love, and despair are frequent themes in Leino's work. He is beloved and widely read in Finland today.
In 2016, 100 years had passed from the publication of the two-part poetry anthology Helkavirsiä (1903 and 1916), ranked amongst Leino's most influential work. Eino Leino and the Day of Poetry and Summer are celebrated with a national flag day on 6 July.
Issue date: 25.04.2016
A stylized profile image of Eino Leino, with figurative flames extending upward to represent his artistic vitality. His signature, Eino Leino, is inscribed near the rim. The Mint of Finland’s logo (lion) and FI as an abbreviation for country of issue on the bottom. The coin's outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
A geographical map of Western Europe spans the outer ring and inner core on the right side of the coin. The inscription 2 EURO is superimposed over the map of Europe, with the numeral “2” located in an open field representing the eastern Atlantic Ocean.
The edge reads SUOMI FINLAND (the name of the country in Finnish and Swedish, its two official languages) and contains three lion heads