Interview by Katariina Forsberg

Our blog series checks in with local Finns about their lives in New York and offers a few of their insider tips into the city. Today’s entry is about Teemu Airamo, the founder and CEO of a Brooklyn-based media and technology company. Teemu relocated his company to the U.S. three years ago.

Q: What are your three favorite places in the city?

A: I enjoy the West Village and Central Park; there’s also a secret spot where I meet the boogeyman from Craigslist to buy and sell stuff.

Q. What’s your favorite restaurant in the city?

A: There are many, but at the moment my favorite is Gobo at 6th Avenue and 8th street. Soho Grand also has some seriously nice chicken on their menu.

Q: Do you have a favorite store?

A: The Apple Store! I also like Bergdorf & Goodman, and of course Whole Foods Market on Greenwich Street.

Q: What do you like to do on your free time?

A: I like attending concerts, going to laser tag and strolling in the park.

Q: What do you think is the best thing about living in New York?

A: If you need something (and that means anything) you can get it 24 hours a day, often even delivered if you’d like.

Q: What do you miss the most about Finland?

A: I miss the sauna, the beautiful and down-to-earth girls, and the frank and honest business manners.

Q: If you were to describe New York in three words, what words would you use?

A: I’d say efficient, rude, and overpriced.

Q: What words would you use to describe Finland?

A: Stubborn, precise and modest.

Find out more about Teemu’s company at