In 1995, Harri Koivu came to the United States for love. Every day, he strives to leave behind a legacy of love as well.
Mr. Koivu was born in 1971 in Pietarsaari, Finland, a city on the western coast of the country. Growing up, he spent much of his free time playing soccer or street hockey, and he developed a strong fascination with the English language. After high school, Harri attended the University of Tampere where he studied economics.
On a Christian retreat trip to Sweden, Mr. Koivu fell in love with an American woman. After enduring a long-distance relationship, he decided to move to Delaware and entered the country on a Fiancé Visa—a unique visa which allows foreign nationals to enter the country as long as they marry their partner within 90 days after their arrival. Harri applied for his green card shortly after his marriage, and eventually became a dual citizen of the United States and Finland.
After living on the East coast for more than a decade, Mr. Koivu and moved to the Twin Cities area with his wife and two children when his employer offered him the opportunity to relocate. He is currently employed by Thomson Reuters Corporation as a Financial Information Professional.