Finnish culture straight to your couch

Finnish culture straight to your couch

Here is a list of Finnish films, museums, concerts, podcasts, and other online cultural experiences you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. We will update this list regularly, so please keep an eye on this page.

Finnish films and TV-series

Bordertown (2016–)
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.

Deadwind (2018-)
Just months after a tragic loss, detective Sofia Karppi investigates the murder of a woman with ties to a Helsinki construction company.
Two seasons on Netflix. Trailer here.

Aurora (2019)
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 film 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

Nordic Jazz 2020, The Nordic Embassies in Washington, D.C. showcased top jazz artists from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Watch Finnish trumpeter Verneri Pohjola's performance here.

Coronagigs in Finland
An updated list of streamable live gigs  

Finnish Songs We Should All Know (Spotify)

Finnish National Opera and Ballet
View beautiful opera and ballet performances until next autumn.

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Sibelius Academy of Uniarts Helsinki (YouTube)

Everybody needs a little bit of Sibelius’ Finlandia in their lives. Watch Lahti Symphony Orchestra (all 62 of them!) performing the classic from their homes.

Music Finland’s playlist of Finnish tunes will lift your spirits. The playlist is updated several times a week with changing themes and genres. 

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)

Nordic Jazz 2020 (Facebook)
For 14 years, the Nordic Embassies in Washington, D.C. have showcased top jazz artists from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark, here in the U.S. This year, Nordic Jazz 2020 went online:

Sinne Eeg & Shanghai Trio (Denmark)
Verneri Pohjola (Finland)
Ingi Bjarni Quintet (Iceland)
Kornstad Trio (Norway)

Isabella Lundgren (Sweden)

Museums and galleries

Amos Rex, Helsinki, winner of the prestigious Leading Culture Destination award for New Cultural Destination of the Year – Europe in 2020. 

Kiasma Online Art (The Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki) is the web extension of Kiasma’s Collection. It is an internet experience and tribute to today’s online art-makers.

HAM, Helsinki Art Museum, a selection of the museum's art and collections available online

The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, a selection of the museum's collection of over two million photographs available online

Design Museum, Helsinki, web exhibitions

Helsinki City Museum, Helsinki, virtual tour

The Gallen-Kallela Museum, Espoo, virtual tour

Studio of Alvar Aalto, Alvar Aalto Foundation, Helsinki, virtual tour

Alvar Aalto Museum, Alvar Aalto Foundation, Helsinki, virtual tour

Didrichsen Art Museum, Helsinki, virtual tour

Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, virtual tour

Finnish Air Force Museum, Tikkakoski, virtual tour

Natural History Museum, Helsinki, virtual tour

Ateneum, The Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki. 13 short films of the most beloved artworks in their collection. Ateneum Art Gatean augmented reality mobile application for art lovers. Instructions on how to download the app here

National Nordic Museum, Seattle

Online Nordic Art & Culture from Scandinavia House

Visual arts

Together Alone, an initiative by the 17 Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes around the world with 20 commissioned online art projects based on international collaboration. The projects can also be found on social media with the hashtag #togetheralonefi

Poikkeustila, the photo exhibition by over 160 Finnish photographers captures the everyday life during the times of social distancing and staying at home

Finna's extensive digital art collections

AV-arkki, the Centre for Finnish Media Art, hosts an online library of thousands of Finnish media artworks

Taide.Art website

Performing arts

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

Agit Cirk
°360 circus performances

Circo Aereo: Jammed -series of short films by Thom Moncton

Kallo Collective: Together Alone
Physical theater and contemporary circus

For kids and families

 Bobola: joyful ideas to help families and creative friends all around the world to find nice things to do

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

Moominvalley Stories
Part 1:  A little history of Moomin creator Tove Jansson 
Part 2: The story of Sniff's dog Cedric
Part 3: "The Invisible Child," the tale of Ninny part 1
Part 4: "The Invisible Child," the tale of Ninny part 2

Korkeasaari Zoo in Helsinki has installed few livecams . You can watch dwarf mongoose, pygmy marmosets, white-faced sakis or reindeers going about their daily business

Online Children’s Art workshops from the Heimbold Family Children’s Playing & Learning Center


Elements of AI, a series of free online courses teaching the basics of artificial intelligence, created by Reaktor and The University of Helsinki

Duolingo, Finnish now available on the popular language learning application's course selection

Right to Education, free educational technology applications and resources to support distance learning

Virtual tours

Virtual Helsinki: experience the future platform for experiences, shopping and social encounters in the capital of Finland. Virtual Helsinki is digital twin of the Helsinki City center, created in high-quality 3D for virtual reailty by Zoan

Presidential Palace
Visit the Presidential Palace in Helsinki

Explore the outdoors in Finland

Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
WWF Wildlive

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