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Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Member stationYle
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances53 (45 finals)
First appearance1961
Best result1st: 2006
Nul points1963, 1965, 1982
External links
YLE page
Finland's page at
Song contest current event.png
For the most recent participation see
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020

Finland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 53 times since its debut in 1961. Finland won the contest for the first time in 2006 with Lordi's "Hard Rock Hallelujah". The country's best result before then was achieved by Marion Rung with the song "Tom Tom Tom" in 1973, which placed sixth.

Finland has finished last in the contest eleven times, receiving "nul points" in 1963, 1965 and 1982. Since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, Finland has failed to reach the final eight times. In 2014, the country had its best result in eight years when Softengine finished 11th. In 2015, Finland finished last in the first semi-final with the shortest-ever Eurovision entry, "Aina mun pitää" performed by Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät.


Before the 2006 victory, Finland was considered by many as the ultimate under-achiever of Eurovision. Prior to its triumph, it had placed last a total of eight times, once with "nul points" after the introduction of the current scoring method. Finland's entry in 1982, "Nuku pommiin" by Kojo, was one of only fifteen songs since the modern scoring system was instituted in 1975 to earn no points. (Norway had placed last eleven times and scored zero points four times, but had also won twice before 2006). Due to low results, Finland was excluded from the contest in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2003. In 2015, Finland finished last in the first semi-final with the shortest-ever Eurovision song, the one minute and 27 seconds "Aina mun pitää" performed by Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. Finland reached the final for the first time in four years in 2018, with Saara Aalto placing 25th.

In 2006, Finland won with the band Lordi and its song Hard Rock Hallelujah, an entry different from the mainstream Europop that dominated the competition. The song broke records scoring the highest number of points in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, with 292. The record was eventually broken by Norway in 2009, with 387.

All of Finland's entries were in English between 1973 and 1976 and again since 2000 (except in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2015); both of these periods allowed submissions in any language. Two entries, 1990 and 2012, were in Swedish, which is an official language in Finland alongside Finnish. All of Finland's other songs have been in Finnish.


Table key
Third place
Last place
Entry selected but did not compete
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
Laila Kinnunen Finnish "Valoa ikkunassa" 10 6 No semi-finals
Marion Rung Finnish "Tipi-tii" 7 4
Laila Halme Finnish "Muistojeni laulu" 13 ◁ 0
Lasse Mårtenson Finnish "Laiskotellen" 7 9
Viktor Klimenko Finnish "Aurinko laskee länteen" 15 ◁ 0
Ann Christine Finnish "Playboy" 10 7
Fredi Finnish "Varjoon - suojaan" 12 3
Kristina Hautala Finnish "Kun kello käy" 16 ◁ 1
Jarkko & Laura Finnish "Kuin silloin ennen" 12 6
Markku Aro & Koivistolaiset Finnish "Tie uuteen päivään" 8 84
Päivi Paunu & Kim Floor Finnish "Muistathan" 12 78
Marion Rung English "Tom Tom Tom" 6 93
Carita English "Keep Me Warm" 13 4
Pihasoittajat English "Old Man Fiddle" 7 74
Fredi & Ystävät English "Pump-Pump" 11 44
Monica Aspelund Finnish "Lapponia" 10 50
Seija Simola Finnish "Anna rakkaudelle tilaisuus" 18 2
Katri Helena Finnish "Katson sineen taivaan" 14 38
Vesa-Matti Loiri Finnish "Huilumies" 19 ◁ 6
Riki Sorsa Finnish "Reggae OK" 16 27
Kojo Finnish "Nuku pommiin" 18 ◁ 0
Ami Aspelund Finnish "Fantasiaa" 11 41
Kirka Finnish "Hengaillaan" 9 46
Sonja Lumme Finnish "Eläköön elämä" 9 58
Kari Kuivalainen Finnish "Päivä kahden ihmisen" 15 22
Vicky Rosti & Boulevard Finnish "Sata salamaa" 15 32
Boulevard Finnish "Nauravat silmät muistetaan" 20 3
Anneli Saaristo Finnish "La dolce vita" 7 76
Beat Swedish "Fri?" 21 ◁ 8
Kaija Kärkinen Finnish "Hullu yö" 20 6
Pave Maijanen Finnish "Yamma, yamma" 23 ◁ 4
Katri Helena Finnish "Tule luo" 17 20 Kvalifikacija za Millstreet
CatCat Finnish, English "Bye Bye Baby" 22 11 No semi-finals
Jasmine Finnish "Niin kaunis on taivas" 23 ◁ 9 22 26
Edea Finnish "Aava" 15 22 No semi-finals
Nina Åström English "A Little Bit" 18 18
Laura English "Addicted to You" 20 24
Jari Sillanpää English "Takes 2 to Tango" Failed to qualify 14 51
Geir Rönning English "Why?" 18 50
Lordi English "Hard Rock Hallelujah" 1 292 1 292
Hanna Pakarinen English "Leave Me Alone" 17 53 Host country[a]
Teräsbetoni Finnish "Missä miehet ratsastaa" 22 35 8 79
Waldo's People English "Lose Control" 25 ◁ 22 12[b] 42
Kuunkuiskaajat Finnish "Työlki ellää" Failed to qualify 11 49
Paradise Oskar English "Da Da Dam" 21 57 3 103
Pernilla Karlsson Swedish "När jag blundar" Failed to qualify 12 41
Krista Siegfrids English "Marry Me" 24 13 9 64
Softengine English "Something Better" 11 72 3 97
Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät Finnish "Aina mun pitää" Failed to qualify 16 ◁ 13
Sandhja English "Sing It Away" 15 51
Norma John English "Blackbird" 12 92
Saara Aalto English "Monsters" 25 46 10 108
Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman English "Look Away" Failed to qualify 17 ◁ 23
Aksel Kankaanranta English "Looking Back" Contest cancelled[c] X


Year Location Venue Presenters Image
2007 Helsinki Hartwall Areena Jaana Pelkonen and Mikko Leppilampi
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Marcel Bezençon Awards

Year Category Song Performer Final Points Host city Ref.
2002 Fan Award "Addicted to You" Laura Voutilainen 20 24 Estonia Tallinn
2006 Press Award "Hard Rock Hallelujah" Lordi 1 292 Greece Athens
2011 Press Award "Da Da Dam" Paradise Oskar 21 57 Germany Düsseldorf

Related involvement

Commentators and spokespersons

Year Finnish commentator Swedish commentator Spokesperson Ref.
1960 Aarno Walli No broadcast Did not participate
1961 Poppe Berg
1970 No broadcast Did not participate
1971 Heikki Seppälä No spokesperson
1973 Erkki Pohjanheimo
1974 Matti Paalosmaa Aarre Elo
1975 Heikki Seppälä Kaarina Pönniö
1976 Vesa Nuotio Erkki Vihtonen
1977 Erkki Toivanen Kaarina Pönniö
1979 Anja-Maija Leppänen
1980 Heikki Harma, Aarre Elo
1981 Ossi Runne Annemi Genetz
1982 Erkki Toivanen Solveig Herlin
1983 Erkki Pohjanheimo
1984 Heikki Seppälä
1985 Heikki Harma, Kari Lumikero Annemi Genetz
1986 Solveig Herlin
1987 Erkki Toivanen
1988 Erkki Pohjanheimo
1989 Heikki Harma
1990 Erkki Pohjanheimo, Ossi Runne
1991 Erkki Pohjanheimo Heidi Kokki
1992 Erkki Pohjanheimo, Kati Bergman Solveig Herlin
1993 Erkki Pohjanheimo, Kirsi-Maria Niemi
1995 Erkki Pohjanheimo, Olli Ahvenlahti Did not participate
1996 Erkki Pohjanheimo, Sanna Kojo Solveig Herlin
1997 Aki Sirkesalo, Olli Ahvenlahti Did not participate
1998 Maria Guzenina, Sami Aaltonen Marjo Wilska
1999 Jani Juntunen Did not participate
2000 Pia Mäkinen
2001 Jani Juntunen, Asko Murtomäki Did not participate
2002 Maria Guzenina, Asko Murtomäki Thomas Lundin Marion Rung
2003 Did not participate
2004 Markus Kajo, Asko Murtomäki Anna Stenlund
2005 Jaana Pelkonen, Asko Murtomäki, Heikki Paasonen Jari Sillanpää
2006 Nina Tapio
2007 Ellen Jokikunnas, Asko Murtomäki, Heikki Paasonen Laura Voutilainen
2008 Jaana Pelkonen, Asko Murtomäki, Mikko Peltola Mikko Leppilampi
2009 Tobias Larsson Jari Sillanpää
2010 Jaana Pelkonen, Asko Murtomäki Johanna Pirttilahti
2011 Tarja Närhi, Asko Murtomäki Eva Frantz, Johan Lindroos Susan Aho
2012 Tarja Närhi, Tobias Larsson Mr. Lordi
2013 Aino Töllinen, Juuso Mäkilähde Kristiina Wheeler
2014 Sanna Pirkkalainen, Jorma Hietamäki Redrama
2015 Aino Töllinen, Cristal Snow Krista Siegfrids
2016 Mikko Silvennoinen Jussi-Pekka Rantanen
2017 Jenni Vartiainen
2018 Anna Abreu
2019 Mikko Silvennoinen, Krista Siegfrids Christoffer Strandberg


See also


  1. ^ If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year.
  2. ^ In 2009, Finland qualified through the back-up jury selection.
  3. ^ The 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  1. ^ a b "Marcel Bezençon Awards". Archived from the original on 16 July 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Winners of the Marcel Bezençon Awards". 16 May 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Susan Aho ilmoittaa Suomen pisteet Euroviisujen finaalissa" [Susan Aho announces Finland's points in the Eurovision finals]. Yle (in Finnish). 9 May 2011. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  4. ^ Herbert, Emily (24 April 2019). "Finland: Krista Siegfrids Joins Mikko Silvennoinen in the Eurovision Commentary Booth". Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Eurovision 2019 Spokespersons – Who will announce the points?". 18 May 2019. Retrieved 5 December 2019.

External links

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