Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest

Member stationYle
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances53 (45 finals)
First appearance1961
Best result1st: 2006
Worst resultLast: 1963, 1965, 1968, 1980, 1982, 1990, 1992, 1996, 2009, 2015 (SF), 2019 (SF)
Nul points1963, 1965, 1982
External links
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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 second "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.

Voting patterns[edit]

In voting patterns, Finland has traditionally supported and been supported by the other Nordic countries, but also Estonia, which shares close cultural and linguistic ties with Finland. Besides, Hungary with shared Finno-Ugric descents, as well as other Baltic nations such as Latvia have gained votes from Finland, and the other way around. In 2004, Finland's first-place vote went to Sweden; in 2005, it contributed 12 points to Norway; in 2006, it was Russia's turn to get the 12 points, but it was Serbia who got their top score in 2007. The first time in Eurovision history that Sweden gave Finland 12 points was in 2006 for Lordi's song "Hard Rock Hallelujah." In 2007, they repeated this, giving 12 points to Hanna Pakarinen with "Leave Me Alone." Finland has also given notably high points to Italy, a country that had not competed in various periods, especially from 1998 to 2010, but returned in 2011. Finland has also been a strong supporter of Israel.

The jury vote also seems to adversely affect Finnish results, given that three of its non-qualifications (2010, 2015, and 2017) were on account of the juries when the televote alone would have carried them through to the grand final.


Table key
Second place
Third place
Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1961 Laila Kinnunen Finnish "Valoa ikkunassa" 10 6 No semi-finals
1962 Marion Rung Finnish "Tipi-tii" 7 4
1963 Laila Halme Finnish "Muistojeni laulu" 13 0
1964 Lasse Mårtenson Finnish "Laiskotellen" 7 9
1965 Viktor Klimenko Finnish "Aurinko laskee länteen" 15 0
1966 Ann Christine Finnish "Playboy" 10 7
1967 Fredi Finnish "Varjoon - suojaan" 12 3
1968 Kristina Hautala Finnish "Kun kello käy" 16 1
1969 Jarkko & Laura Finnish "Kuin silloin ennen" 12 6
1970 Did not participate
1971 Markku Aro & Koivistolaiset Finnish "Tie uuteen päivään" 8 84 No semi-finals
1972 Päivi Paunu & Kim Floor Finnish "Muistathan" 12 78
1973 Marion Rung English "Tom Tom Tom" 6 93
1974 Carita English "Keep Me Warm" 13 4
1975 Pihasoittajat English "Old Man Fiddle" 7 74
1976 Fredi & Ystävät English "Pump-Pump" 11 44
1977 Monica Aspelund Finnish "Lapponia" 10 50
1978 Seija Simola Finnish "Anna rakkaudelle tilaisuus" 18 2
1979 Katri Helena Finnish "Katson sineen taivaan" 14 38
1980 Vesa-Matti Loiri Finnish "Huilumies" 19 6
1981 Riki Sorsa Finnish "Reggae OK" 16 27
1982 Kojo Finnish "Nuku pommiin" 18 0
1983 Ami Aspelund Finnish "Fantasiaa" 11 41
1984 Kirka Finnish "Hengaillaan" 9 46
1985 Sonja Lumme Finnish "Eläköön elämä" 9 58
1986 Kari Kuivalainen Finnish "Päivä kahden ihmisen" 15 22
1987 Vicky Rosti & Boulevard Finnish "Sata salamaa" 15 32
1988 Boulevard Finnish "Nauravat silmät muistetaan" 20 3
1989 Anneli Saaristo Finnish "La dolce vita" 7 76
1990 Beat Swedish "Fri?" 21 8
1991 Kaija Kärkinen Finnish "Hullu yö" 20 6
1992 Pave Maijanen Finnish "Yamma, yamma" 23 4
1993 Katri Helena Finnish "Tule luo" 17 20 Kvalifikacija za Millstreet
1994 CatCat Finnish, English "Bye Bye Baby" 22 11 No semi-finals
1995 Did not participate
1996 Jasmine Finnish "Niin kaunis on taivas" 23 9 22 26
1997 Did not participate
1998 Edea Finnish "Aava" 15 22 No semi-finals
1999 Did not participate
2000 Nina Åström English "A Little Bit" 18 18 No semi-finals
2001 Did not participate
2002 Laura English "Addicted To You" 20 24 No semi-finals
2003 Did not participate
2004 Jari Sillanpää English "Takes 2 to Tango" Failed to qualify 14 51
2005 Geir Rönning English "Why?" 18 50
2006 Lordi English "Hard Rock Hallelujah" 1 292 1 292
2007 Hanna Pakarinen English "Leave Me Alone" 17 53 Host country[a]
2008 Teräsbetoni Finnish "Missä miehet ratsastaa" 22 35 8 79
2009 Waldo's People English "Lose Control" 25 22 12a 42
2010 Kuunkuiskaajat Finnish "Työlki ellää" Failed to qualify 11 49
2011 Paradise Oskar English "Da Da Dam" 21 57 3 103
2012 Pernilla Karlsson Swedish "När jag blundar" Failed to qualify 12 41
2013 Krista Siegfrids English "Marry Me" 24 13 9 64
2014 Softengine English "Something Better" 11 72 3 97
2015 Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät Finnish "Aina mun pitää" Failed to qualify 16 13
2016 Sandhja English "Sing It Away" 15 51
2017 Norma John English "Blackbird" 12 92
2018 Saara Aalto English "Monsters" 25 46 10 108
2019 Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman English "Look Away" Failed to qualify 17 23
a. ^ In 2009, Finland qualified through the back-up jury selection.
b. If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition from 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.


Year Location Venue Presenters Image
2007 Helsinki Hartwall Areena Jaana Pelkonen and Mikko Leppilampi ESC 2007 hosts.jpg

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

Press Award

Year Song Performer Final Result Points Host city
2006 "Hard Rock Hallelujah" Lordi 1st 292 Athens
2011 "Da Da Dam" Paradise Oskar 21st 57 Düsseldorf

Fan Award

Year Performer Song Final
Points Host city
2002 Laura Voutilainen "Addicted to You" 20th 24 Tallinn

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year(s) Finnish Commentator Dual Finnish Commentator Trio Finnish Commentator Spokesperson Swedish Commentator Dual Swedish Commentator Spokesperson Background
1960 Aarno Walli No Dual Commentator No Trio Commentator Did Not Participate No broadcast No broadcast Spokesperson did not present visually until 1994
1961 Poppe Berg
1969 Aarre Elo
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 No Dual Commentator 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 No Dual Commentator
1988 Erkki Pohjanheimo
1989 Heikki Harma
1990 Erkki Pohjanheimo Ossi Runne
1991 N/A Heidi Kokki
1992 Kati Bergman Solveig Herlin
1993 Kirsi-Maria Niemi
1994 Helsinki Cathedral, Helsinki
1995 Olli Ahvenlahti Did not participate Did not participate
1996 Sanna Kojo Solveig Herlin YLE Studios, Helsinki
1997 Aki Sirkesalo Olli Ahvenlahti Did not participate Did not participate
1998 Maria Guzenina Sami Aaltonen Marjo Wilska Helsinki Skyline
1999 Jani Juntunen No Dual Commentator Did not participate Did not participate
2000 Pia Mäkinen Helsinki Cathedral, Helsinki
2001 Asko Murtomäki Did not participate Did not participate
2002 Maria Guzenina Marion Rung Helsinki Skyline
2003 Did not participate Did not participate
2004 Markus Kajo Anna Stenlund Helsinki Skyline
2005 Jaana Pelkonen Heikki Paasonen Jari Sillanpää
2006 Nina Tapio Thomas Lundin No Dual Commentator
2007 Ellen Jokikunnas Laura Voutilainen Senate Square, Helsinki
2008 Jaana Pelkonen Mikko Peltola Mikko Leppilampi Helsinki Skyline
2009 Jari Sillanpää Tobias Larsson Eduskuntatalo, Helsinki
2010 No Trio Commentator Johanna Pirttilahti Aleksanterinkatu, Helsinki
2011 Tarja Närhi Susan Aho Eva Frantz Johan Lindroos Helsinki Skyline
2012 Tobias Larsson Mr. Lordi Nature scenes of Finland
2013 Aino Töllinen Juuso Mäkilähde Kristiina Wheeler TBC, Finland
2014 Sanna Pirkkalainen Jorma Hietamäki Redrama Helsinki Cathedral, Helsinki
2015 Aino Töllinen Cristal Snow Krista Siegfrids
2016 Mikko Silvennoinen No Dual Commentator Jussi-Pekka Rantanen
2017 Jenni Vartiainen Helsinki Skyline
2018 Saara Aalto (SF2) Anna Abreu Valkea, Oulu
2019 Krista Siegfrids Christoffer Strandberg Helsinki Cathedral, Helsinki



See also[edit]


  1. ^ If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year.


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