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Jaska Sarell
10-11-11, 23:31
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:) Jaska

June Pelo
11-11-11, 02:26

Just beautiful. Finlandia by Sibelius was my father's favorite, and I have his recording of it which is 50 years old.

K-G Molander
06-12-11, 03:57
Thank You, Very beatiful. Try this version of Finlandia (short version)


06-12-11, 08:57
Thank You, Very beatiful. Try this version of Finlandia (short version)


The hymn is beautiful and I guess it touches the heart of every Finn, but what bothers me in this version is the lyrics. Even if this version of the lyrics as such is beautiful, it has nothing to do with Finland. Read more in wikipedia and a translation of the original lyrics:


Jorma Penttinen
07-12-11, 16:15
Try this really hymn of Finland.

June Pelo
07-12-11, 16:44
Finland's National Anthem:
The Finnish national anthem, with words by Johan Ludvig Runeberg and music by Fredrik Pacius, was first performed in 1848 by students celebrating ‘Flora Day’ (May 13) in a meadow belonging to Kumtähti Manor in Helsinki.

J. L. Runeberg, headmaster of Porvoo (Borgå) Lyceum, had written the original text in Swedish, Vårt Land (Our Land), two years earlier. The poem was published in autumn 1846 as the prologue to Runeberg’s Fänrik Ståls sägner (The Tales of Ensign Stål), a collection of 35 heroic ballads set in the days of the War of Finland in 1808-09. As a result of this war, Sweden ceded Finland to Russia in the 1809 Treaty of Hamina. Runeberg’s aim was to stir Finnish patriotic feeling with his epic. He is said to have been inspired to write Vårt Land by Mihaly Vörösmarty’s Szózat, the Hungarian national anthem published in 1836. Until well into the twentieth century, Fiinns responded strongly to the idealistic and political idealism of Fänrik Ståls sägner and Vårt Land. Runeberg was promptly elevated to the status of ‘national poet’.

Runeberg was a conservative and moderate nationalist, and loyal to the powers that be. The main concern of the authorities was to prevent the emergence of radical ideas; the revolutionary spirit of the Marseillaise was finding some support in Finland at the time. Vårt Land helped appease the patriotic yearnings of the students, and the bloodshed seen in other parts of Europe was averted in Finland.

Several composers had already attempted to set Runeberg’s lofty poem before Fredrik Pacius, a German-born composer and music lecturer at the University of Helsinki, but his was the first version to gain widespread popularity. The composer himself conducted the university choir in a slow, majestic first performance, andante maestoso, which moved the crowd to tears. Pacius’ tune was later also adopted for Mu isanmaa (My Country), the Estonian national anthem from 1918 to 1940 and again since 1990.

The historians like to say that Finland was born on Flora’s Day, May 13, 1848. Fredrik Cygnaeus, chairman of the student body, made the main speech at the celebration, concluding with the toast “To Finland”. The student body had a flag, representing a laurel-crowned lion on a white field, made especially for the celebration; this can be said to have been the first Finnish flag. At the end the audience, several hundred strong, jubilantly joined in with Vårt Land. For the first time, the idea of a distinct Finnish national identity had been put forward.

Vårt Land rapidly won general acceptance as an expression of patriotic sentiment, especially after Paavo Cajander had published his polished Finnish translation (Maamme) toward the end of the 19th century.

I have the words in English, if anyone is interested.

D J Granlund
07-12-11, 17:01
Cousin June,
I would be interested to see the English translation. How can that be accomplished?

June Pelo
07-12-11, 18:36

It's too long to post here.. can you send your e-mail address via PM and I'l send it to you.


June Pelo
08-12-11, 01:17
Here is the English version of Vårt Land, Finland's national anthem.

D J Granlund
08-12-11, 16:27
Thank you June! David

09-12-11, 03:02
Did you grow up and attend school in northern Minnesota?

D J Granlund
09-12-11, 16:14
Yes, CHS class of 1964.

10-12-11, 16:18
Is that CHS = Chisholm?

D J Granlund
10-12-11, 16:34
My CHS was in Carlton county, Cromwell. Not quite as far north as your CHS. I think Ron was in my older sisters class.

11-12-11, 02:56
I didn't think I recognized the Granlund name from Chisholm - but you never know.