Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest

Member station Yle
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances 52 (45 finals)
First appearance 1961
Best result 1st: 2006
Worst result Last: 1963, 1965, 1968, 1980, 1982, 1990, 1992, 1996, 2009, 2015 SF
Nul points: 1963, 1965, 1982
External links
YLE page
Finland's page at
For the most recent participation see
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Finland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 52 times since its debut in 1961. Finland won the contest for the first time in 2006 with Lordi's "Hard Rock Hallelujah". Previously, its best result was Marion Rung with the song "Tom Tom Tom" in 1973, which placed 6th.

Finland has finished last in the contest ten 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 seven times. In 2014, the country had its best result in eight years when Softengine finished 11th. In 2015 Finland finished last in Semi Final One with the shortest ever Eurovision entry "Aina mun pitää" that only lasts 1 minute and 27 seconds by PKN (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.

First victory

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 Eurovision Song Contest history (292).The record was eventually broken by Norway in 2009 (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

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.

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 otherwise (in 2010 comfortably and in 2015 and 2017 less comfortably, but still). Finland's best results, including their victory, came during all-televote years.


Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year[1] 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
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 "Never The End" 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 No semi-finals
1998 Edea Finnish "Aava" 15 22
1999 Did not participate
2000 Nina Åström English "A Little Bit" 18 18
2001 Did not participate
2002 Laura English "Addicted To You" 20 24
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
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
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.

Voting history

As of 2018, Finland's voting history is as follows:


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

Marcel Bezençon Awards

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

Year(s) Finnish Commentator Dual Finnish Commentator Trio Finnish Commentator Spokesperson Swedish Commentator Dual Swedish Commentator
1960Aarno WalliNo Dual CommentatorNo Trio CommentatorDid Not ParticipateNo broadcastNo broadcast
1961Poppe Berg
1969Aarre Elo
1970No BroadcastDid not participate
1971Heikki SeppäläNo Spokesperson
1973Erkki Pohjanheimo
1974Matti PaalosmaaAarre Elo
1975Heikki SeppäläKaarina Pönniö
1976Vesa NuotioErkki Vihtonen
1977Erkki ToivanenKaarina Pönniö
1979Anja-Maija Leppänen
1980Heikki HarmaAarre Elo
1981Ossi RunneNo Dual CommentatorAnnemi Genetz
1982Erkki ToivanenSolveig Herlin
1983Erkki Pohjanheimo
1984Heikki Seppälä
1985Heikki HarmaKari LumikeroAnnemi Genetz
1986Solveig Herlin
1987Erkki ToivanenNo Dual Commentator
1988Erkki Pohjanheimo
1989Heikki Harma
1990Erkki PohjanheimoOssi Runne
1991N/AHeidi Kokki
1992Kati BergmanSolveig Herlin
1993Kirsi-Maria Niemi
1995Olli AhvenlahtiDid not participate
1996Sanna KojoSolveig Herlin
1997Aki SirkesaloOlli AhvenlahtiDid not participate
1998Maria GuzeninaSami AaltonenMarjo Wilska
1999Jani JuntunenNo Dual CommentatorDid not participate
2000Pia Mäkinen
2001Asko MurtomäkiDid not participate
2002Maria GuzeninaMarion Rung
2003Did not participate
2004Markus KajoAnna Stenlund
2005Jaana PelkonenHeikki PaasonenJari Sillanpää
2006Nina TapioThomas LundinNo Dual Commentator
2007Ellen JokikunnasLaura Voutilainen
2008Jaana PelkonenMikko PeltolaMikko Leppilampi
2009Jari SillanpääTobias Larsson
2010No Trio CommentatorJohanna Pirttilahti
2011Tarja NärhiSusan AhoEva FrantzJohan Lindroos
2012Tobias LarssonMr. Lordi
2013Aino TöllinenJuuso MäkilähdeKristiina Wheeler
2014Sanna PirkkalainenJorma HietamäkiRedrama
2015Aino TöllinenCristal SnowKrista Siegfrids
2016Mikko SilvennoinenNo Dual CommentatorJussi-Pekka Rantanen
2017Jenni Vartiainen
2018Anna Abreu


See also


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