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I am Kaisa Viitanen, freelance journalist. On these pages you will find examples of my work in Finnish. Here is also an introduction of my immigration related books.

After some years in Amsterdam I have returned back to original home town Helsinki. I still love the Dutch canal city and will often travel there for work. There I find endlessly ideas for travel stories, café and food reportages and interior articles.

Cover of the book PaperittomatMy other passion is immigration. I want to understand how and why people move. With Finnish photographer Katja Tähjä we first followed undocumented migrants in seven European Union member countries. We met women, men and children who live without residence permits in a constant fear of getting caught and being deported. These people are the real outlaws and survivors of our time. Our first book, Undocumented Lives is the first European photo documentary book about paperless people and their everyday life.

For the second book we wanted to find out what happens to those people who have been deported forcibly against their own will.

In Finnish the first book is called Paperittomat (Paperless) and it was published in 2010 by publisher HS-Kirjat. In Finland the book has won several awards. Please see our sample pages here.

If you are interested to read more about the Paperittomat book, go to the webpage of the book, here. If you want to see, how we made the book, click to our Facebook page. And to buy our e-book to your iPad, please go to iTunes.

Our new book Karkotetut is unfortunately at the moment only in Finnish.The book will be published in Helsinki in September 2016.

My background is in magazine journalism. I worked for 11 years for Finland´s biggest women´s weekly magazine Me Naiset, mostly writing reportages on social issues. Now I am a freelancer and write mainly for Finnish media about a wide range of things, including food, interior design and modern African art.

I believe in storytelling, narrative feature journalism and I never stop my search for new, unheard stories to tell. At the moment I am working on my second book, also about immigration from a different angle.

Kaisa Viitanen, valokuva: Teemu KuusimurtoFeel free to contact me. Do you have a great idea for an article in mind? Or maybe you would like to publish our books in a new language?

Kaisa Viitanen

e- mail: kaisaxviitanen(at)

mobile: +358 400 408 503


Copyright © 2016 Kaisa Viitanen

Photographer of the main photo of this page: Katja Tähjä