”This is the book I would take with me on a desert island. ‘The History of Seafaring', published both in Finnish and in English by the John Nurminen Foundation, is the best that money can buy: a wonderfully illustrated magnum opus by authors who know their subject matter through and through.”


Tuukka Perhoniemi, journalist, Tiede magazine

”Juha is an ardent defender of the wellbeing of the Baltic Sea; for him, it is a real passion. I appreciate deeds more than words, and am therefore very impressed with the concrete way in which he has committed himself to a clean Baltic Sea.”


Sari Baldauf, professional board member

"An encounter with a manta ray is an awe-inspiring experience.”


Juha Nurminen, underwater photographer

"’The Juha Nurminen collection is one of the largest private collections anywhere, containing very rare and important world maps of global significance."


Jonathan Potter, antique map expert, London



Juha Nurminen, Maritime Counsellor is a fourth-generation family entrepreneur. The roots of John Nurminen Oy are in the city of Rauma, where the company was founded in 1886.

The John Nurminen Foundation, established upon the initiative of Juha, engages in impactful work promoting culture and the environment. For his lifetime achievements, Juha has been granted various honorary medals, prizes and awards, such as the State Award for Public Information in 2008.



  • At the sea with coastal fishermen

    When, more than five years ago, we swapped Helsinki for a pier’s end in the archipelago, hoping to learn of the everyday lives of the coastal fishermen, we felt we were going one hundred years back in time. I can’t help but admire how openly they received us, a bunch of extremely urban Baltic Sea

  • Outdoor retailer Outnorth donates 10 000 euros to help the Baltic Sea

    The wellbeing of the sea and climate are important for both Outnorth and the foundation – the health of the environment is essential for enjoying the sea and brisk outdoor life. “The vastest problem of the Baltic Sea is eutrophication, which is harmful to both the marine ecosystem and recreational use of the waters. In