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Finnish Program Committee 2019
Kristian Olin – Convenor
Tuomas Laakkonen – Vice Convenor
Sanni Honkanen – Secretary
Tuula Olin – Treasurer
Lotta Oikari-Smith – Member
Facts About Finland
Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of northern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden to the west, Norway to the north and Russia to the east, while Estonia lies to the south across the Gulf of Finland.
From the 12th century until the start of the 19th century, Finland was a part of Sweden. It then became an autonomous grand duchy within the Russian Empire until the Russian revolution, which eventually led to the declaration of independence on December 6, 1917.
Following World War II Finland joined the United Nations in 1955, the European Union in 1995 and the Eurozone in 1999.
Finland is called Suomi in the Finnish language. Hence, our radio programme is called Suomiradio, which means Finland Radio. The name “Suomi” has uncertain origins, but a candidate for a cognate is the Proto-Baltic word źemē, meaning “land”.
Finland is the eighth largest country in Europe but at the same time it is the most sparsely populated in the European Union. There are currently (2013) about 5.4 million people living on the 338,424 km2 of Finland.
Five Famous Finns
Here are five famous Finnish people at the top of their game:
Linus Thorwalds (Geek, creator of the Linux operation system)
Kimi Räikkönen (Racing driver, Formula 1 world champion)
Matti Nykänen (Ski jumper, 5 times world champion, 4 Olympic gold medals)
Eero Saarinen (Architect, Gateway Arch in St. Louis)
Martti Ahtisaari (President, Nobel peace prize 2008)
Jari Kurri (Ice hockey player, 5 times Stanley Cup winner)
Politically Finland is a parliamentary republic with a central government based in the capital of Helsinki. Other larger cities include Tampere, Turku, Oulu, Jyväskylä, Lahti and Kuopio.
Finland is one of the world’s wealthiest nations with a nominal per-capita income of over $49,000. According to some measures Finland has the best educational system in Europe and has recently been ranked as one of the world’s most peaceful and economically competitive countries. In 2010, Newsweek magazine ranked Finland as the overall “best country in the world” after summing various factors.
Top 15 Finnish Brands
These are some of the best known international Finnish brands:
Angry Birds (Games)
Nokia (Mobile Technology)
Wärtsilä (Power plants, Ships)
Marimekko (Design, Clothing)
Kone (Lifts – Next time you go to an elevator, have a look at the panel!)
Benecol (Cholesterol lowering spread)
Suunto (Navigation, Space Technology)
Aarikka (Jewellery, Design)
Kalevala Koru (Jewellery)
2006 – The Year When Hell Froze Over!
We had a saying in Finland that we will win the Eurovision Song Contest only when hell freezes over. Well, apparently that happened in 2006 when we won the song contest with Lordi’s song Hard Rock Hallelujah! It was, and still is the most unlikely winner in the Eurovision history.
Here is the official promo video of the winning song:
After winning the Eurovision Song Contest Finland hosted the games in Helsinki 2007. This time we didn’t do so well, but still our entry was equally heavy and equally impressive. Some would say that this shoud have been the winning song in 2006. Here’s Leave Me Alone by Hanna Pakarinen:
So, if you’re wondering why the Finns love their heavy metal music, there’s your answer!
Top 10 Finnish Bands/Artists
These are some of the most internationally recognized Finnish bands and musical talents.
Hanoi Rocks (Rock)
Michael Monroe (Rock)
Nightwish (Symphonic Metal)
HIM (Love Metal)
Children Of Bodom (Heavy Metal)
Sonata Artica (Heavy Metal)
The Rasmus (Rock)
Stratovarius (Hard Rock)
Amorphis (Kalevala Metal)
Jean Sibelius (Classical – Yes, we got that one covered as well!)
1st and 3rd Saturday
Blast From the Past or Special Program
Saturdays with Lotta and Laura
Current topics, enjoyable Finnish music and relaxed discussions. Every second Saturday at 1- 2PM (AEST).
Action & Analysis by Ari
Program every 4. Saturday at 1- 2PM (AEST)