Finnish Women on Stamps
|SOPHIE MANNERHEIM (1863-1928)
A famous nurse known as pioneer of modern nursing in Finland. She was daughter of a count
and sister of a former Finnish President, marshal Carl Gustav Mannerheim. Her career
started as a bank employee for 6 years until she got married in 1896. After her divorce in 1902
she was trained in nursing at the Nightingale School at St. Thomas Hospital in London.
Returning home she was appointed as head nurse of Helsinki Surgical Hospital and later
elected President of the Finnish Nurses' Association, a position she had for 24 years. As
a result of her international involvement she was also elected President of the
International Council of Nurses (ICN). Baroness Sophie Mannerheim was, together with Dr.
Arvo Ylppö, founder of the Children's Hospital (Lastenlinna) in Helsinki as well
as the Mannerheim League for Children's Welfare. For the latest, her brother was given the