Penedo: A Finnish Corner in Rio’s Mountain Range

An authentic Santa Claus and the highest peak of Rio's State are only some of the attractions one can find in Penedo, a unique district founded by Finnish settlers.

By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Between Rio and São Paulo lies Penedo, the only Finnish settlement in Brazil. Situated in the Mantiqueira's mountain range, in the south of Rio's State, the charming district attracts several tourists every year for its typical culture, cuisine and outstanding nature.

The first Finnish settler in Penedo was Toivo Uúskallio, who supposedly received a "divine call" to leave the cold Nordic country and head to the tropics, where life would be sunnier and wealthier.

It was in 1929 when Uúskallio and his family acquired the Penedo . . .

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