The Otava Group

The Otava Group in brief

The Otava Group is Finland’s third-largest diversified media group. We engage in some way with almost all Finns. Our business areas are Books, Learning Services and Media.

  • Books business area includes:
    • Suomalainen Kirjakauppa which serves customers at 56 locations around Finland and is always open for business online.
    • Otava Publishing Company’s general literature unit which publishes both fiction and non-fiction. Books are also published under the names of Like Publishing, F-Publishing, Nemo, Moreeni, Karisto and Atena Publishing.
    • Otava Book Printing Ltd.
  • Otava Learning is a domestic expert in learning. The business area provides digital and printed content and services from preschool to adult education, exports Finnish know-how and learning to the world, and coaches schools for change.
  • Otavamedia Ltd publishes magazines that are well known to the Finnish public and runs online services. Otavamedia B2B commercial unit provides services such as multichannel advertising solutions, native advertising and the design and production of own media. Otavamedia also owns 60 % of WordDive which provides an AI-based mobile application and online programme for self-study of languages.

We believe in the power of the mind and build paths to enable limitless creativity and lifelong learning. To companies, we provide means to tell their stories, have an influence, raise awareness and build commitment. And when consumers have things to tell other consumers – well, we have the tools for that, too.

We Otava employees are one thousand strong. With an independent mindset, we harness our operations and draw on our long roots to build the future.

Our parent company is Otava Ltd.

Read the 2023 Annual Report and financial statements.



The Otava Group is owned by a family of Finnish entrepreneurs. For more than a hundred years, we have fostered the shared values of Finns. We want to shoulder our responsibilities: to promote culture, growth and learning. Nurturing and developing the language is crucial for us. Each of us bears personal responsibility for performance at work, guided by openness, reliability and independence. The company’s operations are stable and independent. We emphasise freedom of speech as the very foundation of publishing.


We set our sights on excellent quality that is created by the work of creative, free and responsible employees and partners. Quality is based on our individuality and freedom to do work that we can be proud of – we stand behind what we do. In addition, quality is founded on fulfilling – and often anticipating – the needs of our customers. Quality thus also comprises the competitiveness of our products and services, the financial performance of our operations, the ability to update our operating methods and professional self-improvement.


Our operations are based on boldness, independence and openness. The company’s publication policy is diverse, open-minded and tolerant. We set ambitious goals, seek results and think commercially. We evolve and can act fast. Our aim is to succeed financially in the long run without neglecting short-term competitiveness. Passion, initiative and an entrepreneurial mindset at work demonstrate the boldness and open-mindedness of our people.


The company is committed to its employees and is close to its partners. Our employees want to develop themselves in line with the needs of customers. We commit to our customers, authors, readers and other partners. We work together over unit and company boundaries, with a positive spirit and respect for other people. We combine the old and the new in a unique way. The company’s books, magazines and other products inspire emotions and experiences. We work with a lot of heart.

Otava Ltd’s Members of the Board

CHAIRMANmember since
Henrik Ehrnrooth1988
(chairman since 2014)
Jorma Ollila2022
(member 1996-2020)
Eva Reenpää2017
Philip Aminoff2021
Mervi Airaksinen2023
Jesse Maula2023
Timo Hirvonen2023
Ora Lyytikäinen2006