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Tiina: Welcome back to FinnishPod101.com's All About series! This is lesson 10, Top 5 Finnish Pop Culture Things/Icons You Need to Know About. I'm Ed.
Reeta: Hei kaikille! Hi everyone! I'm Reeta.
Tiina: In this lesson, we bring you information about the pop culture you can enjoy in Finland.
Reeta: That’s right, Finnish pop culture.
Tiina: Now, pop culture is an interesting topic to take a look at.
Reeta: That’s right – especially for a place like Finland.
Tiina: So this is a little record of Finnish pop culture. Let’s start with TV. Finland has many types of TV shows from around the world.
Reeta: Yes, in Finland there are TV shows like “Survivor”, right?
Tiina: Yes, Survivor – an American TV drama that in Finnish is translated to Selviytyjät. Actually, Finns love American dramas, and many of them are shown on Finnish TV in their original language, with Finnish subtitles.
Reeta: Yep, that's right. As well many drama programs, shows like Idol and Big Brother are shown in Finland.
Tiina: In Finland there are 3 main broadcasters; YLE, MTV3 and Nelonen (4). All of them have 2-5 different channels. They show all kinds of programs, from kids programs to dramas, news and movies.
Reeta: Ok, sounds like there's a lot of choice in TV viewing!
Now, let’s talk about popular Finns abroad.
Tiina: Well, you might think there are no popular Finns abroad, but actually there are. Most of them are athletes, like F1 driver Kimi Räikkönen, or NHL ice hockey player Teemu Selänne.
Reeta: Wow. So those two sports must be famous in Finland.
Tiina: Yes, that’s right. And actually there are a lot of good Finnish hockey players in the NHL.
Reeta: That's amazing!! There are also some bands that are famous abroad, like HIM, The Rasmus and Lordi.
Tiina: Those are some of my favorites! And there are some famous Finns in international politics, like former president Martti Ahtisaari. He won a Nobel Prize for Peace in 2009.
Reeta: Yeah, and the architect Alvar Aalto, and the composer Jean Sibelius.
Tiina: Yes, they are very famous among people who know about architecture and classical music.
Reeta: Ok, let’s go to the next topic. Popular music in Finland. What is popular in Finland?
Tiina: Well, in Finland, the most popular genre of music is black metal.
Reeta: Ah yes, that's right. Bands like Children of Bottom, Nightwish, Tarja Turunen and Negative are also famous overseas.
Tiina: Yep, but there are artists like The Rasmus, Chisu, Jenni Vartiainen, Anssi Kela, Irina and Anna Puu that each represent a different genre of music, and are famous in Finland.
Reeta: Tiina, are there any artists from that group that you recommend?
Tiina: Well, I like ____, because...
Reeta: Great! Now, Let’s move to the next category.
Tiina: Yes, we have some famous and popular sports in Finland. What do you say, Reeta?
Reeta: Well, as everyone can imagine, winter sports are famous. Skiing, ski jumping, ice hockey and ice skating. Also, soccer and baseball are famous in Finland.
Tiina: Wow, even baseball!
Reeta: Actually Finnish baseball is a little bit different, even though the field and the basic rules are the same.
Tiina: Some other sports where there are famous Finns, are - for example - figure skating and F1 and rally. Kiira Korpi and Laura Lepistö, both figure skaters, are ranked pretty high internationally. In F1 there is Kimi Räikkönen, and in the Rally Markus Grönholm has won the world championship many times.
Tiina: Wow, so many talented athletes for such a small country. What about international pop culture?
Reeta: Well, artists like Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Beyonce are part of popular culture as well as Justin Timberlake, the Black-Eyed Peas, and the latest Hollywood movies. Basically, whatever is popular internationally is popular in Finland too.
Tiina: I see. So what’s popular overseas is immediately popular in Finland as well. Now, we have only scratched the surface of Finnish pop culture in this lesson! But unfortunately that’s all the time we have – unless you want this particular lesson to last a couple of hours…
Reeta: That’s alright – perhaps another time. Please join us next time for more about Finland and Finnish at FinnishPod101.com! Hei hei!
Tiina: Until next time, bye everyone!


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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Do you like Finnish black metal bands? What is your favorite?

Friday at 09:44 PM
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Hi Corinna,

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Monday at 02:44 PM
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I don't really listen to black metal in general, honestly, but I do like other types of metal. 😉 My favourite Finnish metal bands are Apocalyptica (Who are some the sweetest guys ever!) and Charon, although Charon disbanded years ago. 😅 My favourite Finnish musician is Eicca Toppinen, and my favourite Finnish singer is JP Leppäluoto (who is also one of the sweetest people I've ever met). Dark Sarah is another favourite band of mine.

I also listen to quite a lot of Nightwish (of course), and some Stam1na. And a little bit of HIM. As you can see, no black metal in sight. 😆😅

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Hi Katiem

Thank you for your reply.

Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.:wink:


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Thursday at 12:43 AM
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I'm glad I could have the opportunity to share about something I'm passionate about. :smile:

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Monday at 07:46 PM
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Hei Elsie, Hei Katie!

And kiitos Katie for answering Elsie's question! I am very happy we could get such a thorough response from you, as I really don't know much of this particular genre..! :smile: :thumbsup:


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Good question, Elsie!

For starters, there is no "one size fits all" formula on what defines a band as black metal, although black metal elitists will try to tell you otherwise. The lyrics are usually darker in nature and are often about isolation, war, death, Satanism, anti-Christianity, etc. It varies from band to band. The instrumentals are usually slow and have a dark, atmospheric quality to it. Some black metal bands are quicker paced, like Thyrane, one of the bands I mentioned in an earlier comment. Again, varies from band to band. One thing that establishes black metal from any other sub genre though would be the vocals. They are extremely raspy, and occasionally there are clean vocals mixed in, but that's only occasionally and sometimes it adds to the song and sometimes it takes away from it. Hopefully that answers your question.

Monday at 11:17 AM
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So what defines that a group is "black metal"?


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Hi Katie,

Thanks for your recommendation!

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Tuesday at 09:24 AM
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As someone who has listened to black metal for the last seven years, let's just say I can establish the difference between that and other sub genres of metal. I would highly recommend checking those other bands out. You won't be disappointed!

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Monday at 07:53 PM
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Moi Katie!

Wow, sounds like you are a black metal connoisseur! We need to check those bands you mentioned!

Thank you for your comment! :thumbsup:

Best Wishes,


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