Wiwibloggs has kicked off a new series in which we are taking a look at all of the countries currently participating in the Eurovision Song Contest and why we love them. Today we’re flying to Helsinki to take a look at Finland.

The Nordic nation debuted in the 1961 edition of the contest. It would take 45 years for their first win to come. Before Lordi broke through for Finland, they placed last eight times and never finished in the top five. After Lordi’s breakthrough victory, Finland have not placed in the top ten. However, they have provided many memorable entries. Here’s 10 reasons why we love Finland at Eurovision.

1. They sent the only Eurovision winners in prosthetic rubber masks

No list about Finland would be complete without Lordi. Entering Eurovision following a run of four consecutive female pop song winners, Lordi bucked the trend and proved that any genre can succeed at Eurovision. It proved to be a monumental victory for Finland, ending a long wait for a Eurovision victory. As of 2018, Lordi still hold Finland’s only win — and only top-five finish — at Eurovision, as well as a memorable spot in Eurovision history.

2. Nobody does Eurovision rock music better than Finland

We all know about Lordi and we all associate Eurovision rock music with Lordi. But they aren’t Finland’s only foray into the genre and nobody does rock music better than Finland. It may not be to everyone’s taste but most Eurovision fans will have a favourite Eurovision rock entry. If you ask this wiwiblogger, he’ll tell you Eurovision rock does not get any better than Finland’s 2008 entry, “Missä Miehet Ratsastaa” by Teräbetoni.

3. They care about the planet

We’ve had Eurovision songs about love, love, peace and peace. Finland decided to mix things up in 2011 when Paradise Oskar sang a song about saving the planet. “Da Da Dam” may have only finished 21st in the grand final but left a powerful message which we could all get behind. Let’s also not forget that he beat out Saara Aalto in her first attempt to make it to Eurovision.

4. They sent a band of adults with developmental disabilities

Finland’s Eurovision 2015 entry “Aina Mun Pitää” was definitely polarising. Whether you love or hate the punk rock piece, we can all appreciate Finland’s attempt to do something different and to remind us that music is loved and performed by people from all walks of life. The song certainly had its fans, receiving points from five countries in the semi-final and placng in the top-ten in the televote. Love it or hate it, Finland’s bravery to send Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät should be applauded.

5. They sent the shortest song in Eurovision history

Staying on the topic of Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, their entry “Aina Mun Pitää” goes on record as the shortest song in Eurovision history. Eurovision rules dictate that a song may not exceed three minutes but there’s no minimum length. Most songs entered into the contest are at or near the three minute mark. Clocking in at one minute and twenty seven seconds, “Aina Mun Pitää” could’ve been performed twice and still been within the time limit, with six seconds to spare. The song will be remembered for many reasons, especially as it holds the record for shortest song in Eurovision history.

6. Finland can slow things down when they need to

We’ve spoken about the wide variety of rock music that Finland have brought to Eurovision. But this Nordic nation is no one-trick pony. When they’re not bringing the house down, they can bring a tear to your eye. There are many examples of beautiful ballads sent by Finland but perhaps none more beautiful than Norma John‘s 2017 entry “Blackbird”. This country can slay any genre, y’all!

7. They have sung twice in Swedish and it has never gone well

There are many countries at Eurovision that will rarely stray from singing in their language of choice — whether it be English or their own language. Finland does not follow that formula, happily mixing things up frequently between Finnish and English. They aren’t afraid to venture away from those either, performing twice in Swedish. In 1990, Beat finished last for Finland with “Fri?” and in 2012, Pernilla Karlsson failed to qualify from the semi-final with “När Jag Blundar”. The Swedish touch hasn’t brought Finland any success but we applaud them for shaking things up.

8. Marry Me! Finland was responsible for the first female same-sex kiss at Eurovision

Ding dong!

Back in 2003, Finland was absent from Eurovision due to poor results. At the same time, Russian duo t.A.T.u. planned to stage the first female same-sex kiss in Eurovision history. It did not happen. A decade later, Krista Siegfrids changed all of that by following through with what became the first same-sexme sex kiss at Eurovision. A lot has changed for the LGBT community around Europe and the rest of the world since 2013 and we applaud Krista Siegfrids for setting all of that in motion!

9. The incomparable Krista Siegfrids

Yes, she staged the first same sex kiss at Eurovision. But Krista Siegfrids deserves a lot more than that when it comes to this list. There are many artists that huge amounts of the Eurovision fanbase can get behind. Top of that list is Krista Siegfrids. When she’s not busy walking the walk of shame or drinking coffee with your mother, she’s hosting national finals, competing at Melodifestivalen or returning as a spokesperson. She is one talented woman with no shortage of fans. We hope Finland has another win in the near future so Krista can complete her Eurovision resume by hosting the contest as well.

10. From one LGBT icon to another, we love the tale of perseverance that is Saara Aalto

I ain’t scared no more. If Krista’s same sex kiss wasn’t enough, Finland sent Saara Aalto to Eurovision 2018. Saara is arguably one of the most open Eurovision performers when it comes to her sexuality. But what we love most about Saara is her perseverance. She placed second twice in two attempts to represent Finland at Eurovision. She went to the United Kingdom to reinvigorate her career on The X Factor UK. Then she returned to Finland and finally realised her dream of making it to Eurovision. Saara’s journey has been delightful to follow and we can’t wait to see the next chapter of her career.

Bonus fact!

They are the only winners to score the same number of points in the semi-final and grand final. Lordi notched up 292 points to win the semi-final in 2006 and notched up the same total in the grand final. With changes to the structure and voting of the contest since 2006, Lordi’s feat may never be replicated.

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Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I still don’t understand why “Blackbird” did so badly in the Semi Final in 2017. I think that’s the most beautiful song Finland ever sent to the contest.
Of course, they have some huge stars over there, and can probably win again quite easily. Whenever they’re ready, of course. 🙂

Soph
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Soph

Other than Georgia, Finland is definitely the best at going in a very different direction any time they enter

Regina Phalange
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Regina Phalange

Finland is always an interesting and lovable country. 2007 was an excellent song.

Marcelo
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Marcelo

Probably the most diverse and risk-taking out of all the Nordic Countries and probably out of all Western Europe (apart from Portugal or Switzerland maybe). You gotta give it to the Finns, even with not qualifying, they have brought very decent entries (of course some more than others) in a quite variety of ranges. Whether it’s a nice native language tune (2010, 2012), a song with a message (2011), an excellent pop-rock song (2014), hip-pop (2016), a nice stripped ballad (2017) or going pure mainstream pop (2013, 2018). And obviously their best asset being rock. These is the country that… Read more »

Liana
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Liana

Very diverse entries. Finnish folk (2010), World peace ballad(2011), Campy pop song(2013), Stadium rock (2014), Punk (2015), hauntingly beautiful ballad(2017) and flamenco realness (1989) and that note on Lapponia in 1977.

Marita Peltoniemi
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Marita Peltoniemi

About point 7. Finland is two language country like Canada. Our official languages are finnish and swedish and that’s why we have had swedish songs in the competition. Not just that we want to sing in different one.

Jo.
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Jo.

That kiss was HAAWTT

Paul
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Paul

Can’t help but feel 8 facts would’ve been enough. By number 9 it feels like it’s struggling!

Nana
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Nana

Most underrated Nordic country. Finland always surprises us. And they can sing in their own language on 2010s. Työlki ellää, När jag blundar, Aina mun pitää. One of the bravest countries in Eurovision. Finland deserved better this year!

MusicIstheKey
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MusicIstheKey

I didn’t like this year’s song. But I agree with you about 2012 and 2015 – very good songs

avner
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avner

“first same-sex kiss at Eurovision”??? Not so! The boys of Ping Pong (Israel 2000) kissed. Yep – it was less noticeable and part of a decidedly chaotic performance, but nevertheless – a same-sex kiss.

Robyn Gallagher
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You’re right! We’ve changed it to “first female same-sex kiss” to reflect this. Thank you!

avner
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avner

I would have also bought “first deep same-sex kiss”… Thanks, Robyn!

Eee Pee
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Eee Pee

First proper same sex snog!!!

AngieP
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AngieP

3 things come to my mind when I think “Finland in Eurovision”. Lordi, Rock music and “Blackbird”. I’m not a huge fan of rock and certainly I wasn’t back in 2006. I didn’t quite liked them and I remember how disappointed I was when they won. However, watching it now, I can see why they came 1st. Definitely a performance that stood out! Apart from Lordi, I still remember “Something better” from 2014. Great song! Still not over Finland’s non qualification in 2017. I get it that maybe it’s not for all and many people may have not liked it.… Read more »

MusicIstheKey
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MusicIstheKey

I love rock music. Which is one of the reasons I love Finland in ESC! But to your credit, you obviosuly like some rock songs, as you mention their 2014 entry

Ana
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Ana

I feel the same. I like Finland for a couple of reasons but foremost it would be Blackbird & rock (Hard Rock…, Something Better, Leave Me Alone…).
At least when we talk about last years, cause Finland have long history. I like e.g. “Fantasiaa” from their older tunes.

NO big 5
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NO big 5

I do not love the eurovision songcontest. Because its not honnest. We see every year countries can buy a final ticket. Hello. Its not normal. Its more excitend to play the game 1st in the semifinal. Its time the EBU delete the big 5 rule. Maybe than countries will start sent better songs. Its all about money now a day’s. Euro’s vision. We do not know what happen behind close door’s. 😉 But ofcourse the EBU will keep the rule. Because they make millions of profit from it. Creeps. =D

MusicIstheKey
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MusicIstheKey

One of my favourite ESC-countries. Great musical diversity. Never afraid of taking “risks”. Sometimes underrated (1982, 2012, 15, 17 etc). But who said results always reflected musical quality?

MusicIstheKey
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MusicIstheKey

And it’s the country which has sent most rocksongs over the years. Kudos!

Joe
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Joe

Finland are one of my very favorite countries in Eurovision. Always original, always trying something different. They take bigger risks than their Nordic neighbors and whether or not they pay off, they always stand out. I even love all the polarizing Finnish songs. Aina Mun pitaa? Niin kaunis on taivas? Nuku pomiin? All right up my alley.

ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)
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ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)

I ain’t scared no more! ???

ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)
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ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)

Oh, the question marks were smileys, but they are not shown here. This was not a question of course! Let me try these ones: 😀 😀 😀

ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)
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ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)

Hey, I only explained that my ? were smilies that did not translate into smileys in the mobile version on the smartphone. So I prevent that anybody is downvoting my comment when he thinks “Oh why this question?”
That is no question, these were smilies.
So why are you deleting my information comment, wiwibloggs? I love you all <3

Mohrant
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Mohrant

Finland is one of my favourite countries in modern Eurovision because they always send something different each year. From classic Scandipop to haunting ballads to disco to metal and so forth!

Lanemoje
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Lanemoje

Wasn’t there a same-sex kiss already in the Israeli entry in 2000?

Joe
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Joe

Don’t force us to remember that song…

Robyn Gallagher
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There was indeed! We’ve changed Finland’s achievement to “first female same-sex kiss”.

!sh
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!sh

finland’s next win in 40 years?

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

I really don’t know what to think of this country XD. I loved their 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018 entries, but I hatd their 2009, 2015 and 2008 entries. I hope they succeed again, Finland is always ‘there’ in the competition and deserve some recognision, I mean Blackbird was such a masterpiece and it got slaughtered for NO reason at all.

Eastman
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Eastman

My favourite Eurovision folklore is that before the 2006 grand final, Mr Lordi came down with a bad cold, lost his voice and was replaced with a backing vocalist. Probably untrue, but what a story!