Finnish Music

Me and my daughter on a rainy Bon Jovi concert in Helsinki, Finland in 2011. No Finnish singer would be able to fill the Olympic Arena in Helsinki like Bon Jovi did. There were 40,000 people in the audience. Amazing feeling!
Me and my daughter on a rainy Bon Jovi concert in Helsinki, Finland in 2011. No Finnish singer would be able to fill the Olympic Arena in Helsinki like Bon Jovi did. There were 40,000 people in the audience. Amazing feeling! | Source

Pop Music

When it comes to pop music, Finnish singers are nowhere to be found in the world except in Finland. Unlike Sweden, a country with many young pop singers outside Sweden, Finland doesn't reach out to the rest of the world with their music. A good example is Eurovision Song Contest, where Finland hardly ever makes it to the finals. This year Sweden won the contest with the song ”Euphoria” song by the Swedish singer Loreen. ”Euphoria” has become a big hit in Europe. There's one exception from the rule that Finland never succeed in European Song Contest. In 2006 Finland sent their hard rock band ”Lordi” to compete and they won the competition with the song ”Hard Rock Hallelujah”.

Violin Players

Kalle Moraeus from Sweden, Linda Lampenius/Brava from Finland and Alexander Rybak from Norway are playing their violins. The song Linda plays is a typical Finnish song called "Säkkijärven polka".


Even though Finland may not seem like a musical country to the rest of the world, the country has many singers and musicians. In fact, music is an important part of the culture. Folk music is very popular in Finland. When it comes to music and dancing to music, tango is a typical Finnish music and dance. All around the country people regularly gather to dance tango to some of the Finnish tango singers – this is very typical for the Finnish speaking people living on the countryside.

Playing Finnish folk music includes the instruments accordions and violins. Our most famous Finnish violin player is Linda Lampenius. She is also internationally known as Linda Brava. Apart from the career as a violin player, she has been a model and she was also a guest star in the tv series ”Baywatch” during the 1990s. She started to play the violin as a 5 year old and studied music at the Sibelius Academy. Linda Lampenius now lives in Sweden – what a surprise!

Violins and accordions are, as already mentioned, common music instruments in Finland. Another typical Finnish music instrument is the Kantele. The Kantele is a string instrument that's very popular among both children and adults. They are made of wood and are in different sizes depending on what the player prefers.

The Sibelius Academy

In Finland you can study music at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in the areas composition and music theory, conducting, church music, music technology, jazz, folk music and music education. You can apply for the school already as a child and also study there as an adult. On their homepage it says: ”Continuing Education organises education for music professionals to maintain and develop their proficiency. Courses are meant for all music and culture professionals. Continuing education also offers expert services and organises tailored education for music organisations, institutions, and associations. ” The Sibelius Academy is THE school for professional musicians in Finland. The Academy is named after the famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Music Festivals

Every year there are different music festivals in Finland. The annual ”Kaustinen Folk Music Festival” is nine day long and the biggest folk music and dance festival in the Nordic countries. There are thousands of performers and the audience is big, about 100,000 people.

Yearly there's the "International Pori Jazz Festival". Artists come from all over the world. This year (2012) Norah Jones will be one of the international artists performing at this festival.

Another annual festival is ”Sata-Häme Soi Accordion Festival”. People from other European countries also perform in this festival. Accordions are very common instruments in Finland and it's a natural thing to have an accordion festival in Finland.

Many more smaller music festivals are arranged annually all over Finland, mainly in the summertime in June, July and August.

There Is Hope

Maybe there's still hope for the Finnish rock and pop music. Back in the 1970s the Finnish rock band ”Hurriganes” became popular in both Finland and Sweden. Some members of the band are still playing and they perform every now and then.

Now a new star is rising in the genre of Finnish pop music. It's a young girl named Ronya – and her song ”Hyperventilating” is being played on the radios all over the country right now. Maybe Ronya's music can be the beginning of Finland's new pop music area. Who knows?

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kelleyward 4 years ago

Very interesting topic for a hub Made! I enjoyed learning more about Finnish music. Voted up! Kelley

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

kelleyward, I think I learned something myself by writing this hub. I'm glad you liked it. Thank you!

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love that you are teaching us about Finland, Made. I, for one, am very appreciative of these great informational hubs. Have a wonderful weekend my dear friend.

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TheHeavyReview 4 years ago

Great hub! I don't really listen to any Finnish pop music, but I adore Finnish metal. Finland is certainly one of my favorite countries for music! Is it true that a lot of people listen to heavy metal in Finland?

Voted up and interesting!

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Kalmiya 4 years ago from North America

Hi Made; Thanks for the Finnish music, especially for Linda Lampenius' violin! Certainly Finland is well known for her hockey players and even Formula 1 drivers but your hub will help publicize new musical talents!

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

billybuc, you make me want to write more. I like reading about other countries and cultures too. I'm enjoying this sunny weekend right now.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

TheHeavyReview, I guess many people in Finland listen to heavy metal, but I'm not one of them. I've heard about the band "Finntroll" playing metal or hard rock. I'm not really sure of the difference. "Nightwish" plays some good rock music and I think many Finns, including me, like their music. Maybe this melancholic people up in this dark north like metal. Thank you!!

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Kalmiya, Finns are good at Formula 1. I guess there's nothing else to do in the woods than drive on the small, curvy roads. Hockey is another sports for Finns. Most of the year this country is covered by snow and ice. Children learn to skate before they learn to talk. :)

Linda Lampenius is a really good violin player. I really like listening to violins. Thank you for your comment!

KDuBarry03 4 years ago

I really enjoyed this Hub and the music! Linda Lampenius' violin rendition of Bach's Toccata and Fugue is outstanding! I have also been a huge fan of Tarja Turunen and Nightwish for the longest time. Glad to see Finland is rocking their own music! Oh, did you know that Jean Sibelius also has a music program named after him, as well, for the computer? His music is definitely top in my list :) Thank you for sharing!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow what a great hub.. thank you so much for sharing this . I love to learn about bands and music from all different parts of the world,,,just awesome


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Those are some bizarre make-ups for Lodi, wow. They make KISS appear amateurish. Linda is a great violinist, and really like Ronya; if handled correctly believe she could break big out-side of Europe.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

KDuBarry, I didn't know that about Sean Sibelius. I think you know more about Finnish music than I do. Thank you for your interesting comment. It's much appreciated.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Hi Debbie, I did what I could to give an overview over Finnish music. I guess there's much more to write on this subject. Thank you for taking time to read and commentate.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Alastar Packer, I can agree that Kiss is nothing compared to Lordi when it comes to their looks. I guess Ronya has potential to become a star some day. Thank you!

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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

WOW Finland is a musical paradise!! Enjoyed reading.

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Thank you Vellur!

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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

I grew up in Europe, and was heavily influenced by music played there. I would love to hear more about Finnish music and their artist. I especially love the female musicians that play in the nude. Do you all have any? Thank you for sharing.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

A.A. Zvala, I'm not sure who the female, nude musicians are. I guess I should do some research and write another hub about Finnish music. Thank you for an interesting comment!

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Rain, sleet or snow would not keep you or your daughter away from the Bon Jovi concert! Great photo!

I loved the videos! I never heard Finnish music until now. You know how much I enjoy music (and KU), but it was nice to hear and read about some unique, wonderful whimsical tunes. Thank you Made! :)

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Sunshine, at that concert it was raining and Jon had a knee injury, but he kept singing in the rain all night long. My daughter actually fell asleep before the concert ended. If KU ever comes to the Nordic countries on a tour I would not hesitate for a second to go and see listen to that man LIVE. :) Thank you for your wonderful comment!

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this musical update/insight.

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Mhatter99, thank you for reading.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Dear Made, I have not listened to Finish music but I have watched Aki Olavi Kaurismaki. I have watched his six films and The match factory girl is my favorite.

PS: Thanks for reading me in Maria's interview. You do me an honor with your wonderful comment.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Vinaya, I have not seen all the films by Aki Kaurismäki, but they probably show how typical Finns are - mostly quiet and sticking to themselves. :)

You are one of the reasons I'm on HubPages. It's very interesting to meet people from other cultures. We have so much to learn from each other.

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epigramman 4 years ago

.....that is one beautiful picture of two special ladies at the beginning of your hub - which is a labor of love by you and a world class presentation by you - because I know you 'feel' the music and that makes you truly beautiful yourself - will post this miracle of your will to my FB group Let's just talk music or cinema with a direct link back here and sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 4:24am

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

epigramman, how can I thank you!? You don't know how much I appreciate that wonderful comment. Thank you so much! Keep writing funny poetry and I will be your loyal follower. Take care! :)

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Haven't heard much of Finnish Music but, is a unique sound. No wonder they are only found in Finland. I must've heard some in youtube, but you made it popular for us. Thanks Made! love the pics with your daughter.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

lord de cross, it is unique. Thank you for reading my hubs! :)

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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Interesting hub. Thanks for a good read.

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Glimmer Twin Fan, I'm glad you liked it. Thank you!

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Farmer Rachel 4 years ago from Minnesota

I love learning about Finland! Thanks for sharing! Voted up and everything else :)

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Thank you Farmer Rachel! I'm no expert, but I did what I could writing about this subject. I appreciate you stopping by reading, commenting and voting! :)

KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Coming back for a second read. Always amazing to listen to music outside pop culture!

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

KDu Barry03,thank you for visiting again. I really appreciate it. I want to write more hubs about music. I like to discover music outside the pop culture too. :)

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Rfordin 3 years ago from Florida

Wow I enjoyed this hub very much. Although I am not Finnish my adoptive parents are and they are very proid of their heritage. It was neat listening to the music you have posted here. Thanks for sharing....


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

Rfordin, people should be proud of their heritage. Many Finns have migrated to the USA... I'm glad you liked this hub. Thank you! :)

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