In 1997, Johan Sundqvist, an old hand in the Finnish tobacco industry, decided to set out on his own, and founded Cigar Factory J. Sundqvist. Located in Parainen (Pargas) , the factory is doing well, despite the fact that tobacco advertising has been illegal in Finland since well before Sundqvist's firm was founded.
I quit smoking cigarettes a while back and I've never been much of a cigar guy, but when our son was born a few days ago I decided to hand out cigars to my friends. I decided to buy Finnish, something I do whenever possible. I chose Sundqvist's Mezzo Piano, a senorita-sized cigar.
To my unsophisticated palate they tasted like cigars, although a friend of mine who smokes cigars regularly assures me that they are quite good.