Suomi mainittu, Torilla tavataan! This is what we usually say, sometimes as a joke but other times when we mean it, when Finland is mentioned in news or comments or any media outside our borders. This means we go to the plaza, city square, market square whatever you want to call it (it’s just tori in Finnish) to celebrate! Which usually looks something like this:
Beer in one hand is a must! Naked is optional but very common.
Nowadays Finland is getting quite much attention, than what we are used to. We’re not that many living here so everything that happens in the world with “our name” on it is a huge win! The most recent news that is going on all over the world is the win of the band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (PKN) in the UMK competition that decides who will be the one to represent Finalnd in the Eurovision song contest. There has been a lot of discussion about this. Luckily most of the comments have been good and positive!
Oh did I mention that this band consists of 4 mentally handicapped men that play Punk Rock? Well it does…and it’s the first Punk Rock band, not to mention handicapped, that has competed! EVER!
Finland is getting a fine reputation of being ground breaking in extraordinary things! The first (and only) Eurovision we’ve won we did by sending monsters that played Hard Rock. We also had a girl-girl kiss on scene. This time we send a mentally handicapped band that play Punk Rock..What’s wrong with that? As the singer in the band said:
“We’re just ordinary guys, with a mental handicap.”
I wouldn’t be surpriced if that statement came from any other Punk Rock band out there…These guys play a very old-school form of the genre and sing about their life in a group home. They’ve got a clear message and do an awesome job! The legendary Punk Rock band Dead Kennedys shared their video with the news and got tens of thousands of likes and shares!
Now IF you don’t like Punk Rock that’s Your thing.. then don’t vote… but going online saying this is wrong and jadajada is just annoying…last year a bearded lady named conchita wurst won…just saying…This is what Finland thinks about the Eurovision Song Contest, this is Punk Rock…the nation has voted! :)
IF you think this is Punk going mainsteam and nagging about it… then I have to say,
Fuck off hipster.
Well speaking about ground breaking things. Just to mention a few other ground breaking things Finland did! One of the first nations to allow women to vote, just accepted gay marridges (yes that one took a while), defended the country against the sovjet in the world wars, developed the mobile phone!
The last one is quite ironic…everyone knows how Finns are quiet and tend to keep to themselves? Why would we develop a device so that we can talk to each other more? Well we did also invent the internet chat protocol IRC and SMS messaging so we wouldn’t need to see or hear each other…
Well and of course there was the time Conan O’Brian said something wrong about Finland when we listed as the number one country in education…Well he didn’t know we actually watch his show so he of course had to apologise whit mentioning Finland a bunch of times…which means we got to celebrate! Whoop
Conan found out he looked like the president at the time, Said Sweden sucks and visited and witnessed winter swimming.
He found out the show got canceled in Finland.
Well anyway new things are fun, exciting, educating and keeps us going on! So feel free to mention Finland as much as you like so we get to party and don’t forget to vote for Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät during Eurovision!
See You at the plaza!