Country Of The Month: Finland Part-1!


Country of the month is back. We decided to continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Finland. In a period of four weeks, we are going to remind you of the best Finnish entries. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.

Sonja Lumme – Eläköön Elämä

In 1985, Finland selected Sonja Lumme and her song “Eläköön Elämä”, which means “Long Live Life” to sent in Gothenburg. The song is entirely in Finnish.

It was composed by Petri Laaksonen. The lyrics of the song were written by Veli-Pekka Lehto and the conductor of the live performance was Ossi Runne*. At the final, the entry placed 9th with 58 points.

Sonja Lumme was born on October 6th 1961, in Kristinestad, Finland. She is a Finnish singer with 7 albums released between 1983 and 2007. She represented Finland in 1985 with a Top-10 placing. Moreover, she tried to represent her country three more times by competing on the Finnish national finals of 1988, 1989 and 1992.

Finland in the Eurovision

Finland debuted in the contest in 1961. Since then, it has participated 53 times, missing the contest in 1970, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003. In 1970, the country boycotted the contest due to the fact that the prior year four countries won. The other five times that Finland didn’t participate was due to its poor results to the contest. Under those year’s rules, the countries with the worst results were unable to compete the next year.

The country was considered by many the most under-scored country in the contest until its 2006 victory. Prior to this, Finland had scored last eight times, with its 1982 entry finishing with no points at all. Today, the country has placed in the Top-10 just ten times. Also, it hasn’t qualified to the final on eight times – two of them coming last.

*Ossi Runne (Yrjö Osvald Rundberg) was a Finnish musician who conducted a total of 22 Finnish entries between 1966 and 1989. He was also the Finnish commentator of the contest in 1981 and 1990. Ossi died at the age of 93 on the 5th of November 2020.

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Finland? Let us know in the comment box below.

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