Finnish culture straight to your couch
While museums, concert halls and movie theaters are currently closed in Finland, we can luckily still enjoy culture online. Here is a list of films, museums, concerts, podcasts and other online cultural experiences you can enjoy from your home. We will update this list regularly, so please keep an eye on this page.
Finnish films and TV-series
This crime fiction series combines family drama with police procedural. Detective Inspector Kari Sorjonen is a respected officer at the National Bureau of Investigation in Finland, when his wife barely survives brain cancer. Sorjonen decides to take a new job in the Serious Crime Unit in an idyllic small town near the border of Russia, to live a quiet life there with his family. But how peaceful is life on the border between two worlds?
Two seasons on Netflix. Trailer here.
This romantic comedy-drama playfully tackles prejudices and breaks down genre conventions. Aurora, a commitment-phobic party girl, meets Iranian Darian at a hot-dog stand in Lapland. Darian needs to marry a Finnish woman to get an asylum for himself and his daughter. Aurora is running away from love. They need each other in order to finally stop running.
On Amazon Prime. Trailer here.
The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019)
When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) recruit Chuck’s sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) and team up with pigs Leonard (Bill Hader), his assistant Courtney (Awkwafina), and tech-pig Garry (Sterling K. Brown) to forge an unsteady truce and form an unlikely super team to save their homes.
Multiple sources for streaming, list here. Trailer here.
Heavy Trip (2018)
In this offbeat comedy movie, amateur metal band Impaled Rektum is stuck in a small town, working day jobs and dreaming of making it big. Turo, 25, tries to lead his band to the hottest metal festival in Norway. After a surprise visit from a heavy metal music promoter, the band decides it's time to play a real gig. They steal a van, a corpse, and even a drummer in order to make their dreams a reality.
On Amazon Prime. Trailer here.
Ailo’s Journey (2018)
Ailo's Journey is a wonderful film for the whole family. Ailo’s awakening to this wild world is a real adventure, taking place in the stunning landscapes of northern Finland, in Lapland. Throughout his journey, the frail and vulnerable newborn reindeer must overcome the ordeals that stand in the way of his first year of life and his first long trek as the herd migrates. It is an uplifting story warmed by endless mother’s love as she watches over Ailo in his incredible adventures with other creatures of the Arctic.
On Amazon Prime. Trailer here.
Dog's Don't Wear Pants (2019)
Juha has lost his wife in a drowning accident. Years after, he still feels numb and unable to connect with people. Meeting Mona, a dominatrix, changes everything.
On Shudder. Trailer here.
The Girl King (2015)
The Girl King is a historical drama about Christina, Queen of Sweden, who took the throne at the age of six in 1632. The film follows her fight against the conservative forces against her ideas for modernization and their intolerance for her awakening sexuality. Directed by Mika Kaurismäki (Finland).On Hulu, Google Play, Amazon and iTunes, trailer here.
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki@ Criterion Channel
The wry, deadpan seriocomedies of Finland’s most famous director are infused with both a minimalist cool and the wintry, desolate spirit of their frequent setting, Helsinki.
National Audiovisual Institute has a collection of 2,300 films that includes Finnish classics, short films and vintage advertisements.
Finnish music and podcasts
Coronagigs in Finland
List of live gigs you can stream from the comfort of your home
Finnish Songs We Should All Know (Spotify)
Finnish National Opera and Ballet
View beautiful opera and ballet performances until next autumn.
Everybody needs a little bit of Sibelius’ FINLANDIA in their lives.
Watch Lahti Symphony Orchestra (all 62 of them!) playing it from their homes.
Music Finland’s playlist of Finnish tunes that will hopefully lift your spirits. The playlist is updated several times a week with changing themes and genres. Listen here.
Suomi-Finland Podcast: All Things Finnish American (Spotify, Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud)
Welcome to an audio journey through all things Finnish and Finnish American! Finnish Diplomatic Missions in the US are making a podcast about various topics, ranging from defense to sports and culture.
Finlandssvensk Krimpodden (Spotify)
Museums and galleries
The Amos Rex Art Museum in Helsinki has in March 2020 won the prestigious Leading Culture Destination Award for New Cultural Destination of the Year – Europe. Amos Rex is an art museum where the past, present and future meet
Kiasma (Museum of Contemporary Art)
Ateneum (Finnish National Gallery) 13 short films of the most beloved artworks in their collection. Ateneum Art Gate, an augmented reality mobile application for art lovers.Instructions how to download the app here
Nordic Museum in Seattle
Photo exhibition by "Poikkeustila", over 160 photographers are capturing photos about everyday life during these times of social distancing and staying at home
Finna's extensive digital art collections
A Chair Fit for an Angel explores the cultural legacy of the Shakers, a religious group devoted to create heaven on earth.
The document was inspired by Finnish choreographer Tero Saarinen’s creation Borrowed Light, a dance piece about communal life and individual sacrifice
For kids and families
Joyful ideas to help families and creative friends all around the world to find nice things to do: Bobola
Tove Jansson’s short story The Invisible Child is an important reminder of the power of caring. It works beautifully as a vehicle for helping children learn about empathy and how important it is to see and to be seen. Listen to the story read buy Tove Jansson’s niece Sophia Jansson
Korkeasaari Zoo in Helsinki has installed a few livecams . You can watch dwarf mongoose, pygmy marmosets, white-faced sakis or reindeers going about their daily business
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