Elena's mom Vera Skala came to Finland for a better payment. She worked as a cleaning lady and married a Finnish man Juhani Koivu. They lived in Kouvola when Elena was born. Their parents divorced a few years later and Vera moved back to Chernarus. During the Chernarussian civil war many relatives of Elena died and she didn't really travel much to see her mom. She was always worried about her, but Vera made it out of the war unharmed.
Elena was born as her parents second child. She has one biological brother, Erik, who was born 10 years before her. As a kid, Elena admired her older brother above all and Erik was always protecting her against bullies. She was usually bullied by others because of her Chernarussian roots.
She has always been rather temperamental but still very sweet and lovable kid. Though she has foreign roots, she can't speak Chernarussian at all because her mother left home when she was 3 years old. Elena loves the outdoors and she has done some rock climbing. She's also into singing and poem writing. She often wrote poems about her mother whom she missed miserably. Elena didn't hate her father though she didn't usually get along with him. When Erik moved from home, Elena and her father started to have fights more often and Elena started to close up a bit.
After the outbreak, Elena has lost everyone apart from his brother Erik. She tends to cry a lot and is really sad, even depressed. She can't really cope with the situation as she is still so young. Elena seeks protection from his brother, whom she holds so dear. She fears the infected and tries to hide or run away from them. Everytime she sees them she just hopes they could be normal.