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.
Monica Aspelund – Lapponia
In 1977, Finland selected Monica Aspelund and her song “Lapponia”.
It was composed by Aarno Raninen and the lyrics were written by Monica Aspelund. The live performance was conducted by Ossi Runne and placed 10th in the final with 50 points.
Monica Aspelund was born on 16 July 1946, in Vaasa, Finland. She was born to Swedish speaking Finnish parents. She started her music and dancing career at the age of fourteen. Her most notable work is her song “Lapponia”. The song may do not won the contest, but became a fan favourite and therefore a Eurovision classic.
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.
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.