Text by Zhou Jin Photographs by Wan Quan
For years, his friends have been delighted to know him, and were always happy when he called to say, “I just bought some fresh salmon. Why don’t you come by my little kitchen this weekend?”
Mikko Rautio from Finland works as chief representative of Finnair China. Although his motherland ranks first in the world for per capita coffee consumption, he has more to say about wine.
“My love for wine comes from working for Finnair,” explains Rautio. “Some mistakenly attribute the airline’s good reputation for in-flight food and wine to me. Really, it just reflects the airline’s great choices in brands. I’ve personally purchased a lot of wine from the company, which has further fueled my interest.”
Despite his exotic face, Rautio speaks fluent Mandarin with a strong Beijing accent. If not face-to-face, he can be easily mistaken for a Beijing native.
A Legendary Life
Mikko Rautio’s life has caused him to be in the spotlight for much of the time. As a foreigner living in China, Rautio has experienced many of the country’s historic events first-hand, including the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), the economic reform and opening-up starting in 1978, and the country’s recent dramatic progress.......