Contemporary popular music includes a renowned heavy metal scene like other Nordic countries, as well as a number of prominent rock and pop bands, jazz musicians, hip hop performers and makers of dance music. There is also a Schlager scene with bandstand dancing where the local variety of tango is also popular.
What kind of music do Finnish people listen to?Symphonic music and traditional opera; rock music and schlagers in Finnish, known as iskelmä; traditional folk music. These were traditionally regarded as the quintessentially Finnish musical genres up until as recently as the 1980s and 1990s.
Finland's Ambassador to the United States Mikko Hautala knows Vladimir Putin better than most diplomats. He has met him a dozen times, even in a sauna, he said, as he pointed to a photograph of him as the new Finnish Ambassador to Moscow presenting his credentials to Putin in November 2016, the day after President Trump was elected.
On the right is the Ambassador's grandmother, Laura Hautala, a member of Lotta Svärd, voluntary auxiliary paramilitary organization for women. She mostly served in air raid warning stations and was decorated several times.
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Here in the summer of 1943, during the Continuation War 1941-1944 What kind of music do they listen to in Finland? the Soviet Union. Ambassador Hautala Corporal Olavi Hautala, brother of Hautala's grandfather, was killed in action in July 1941. He was missing a few days and his grandfather felt anxious as they were fighting in the same platoon of 58 the Infantry Regiment. He has concluded that relations with the West are gone. There's not much to lose anymore.
He says he personally warned them in January this would happen if Russian troops crossed into Ukraine.
I think it shocked the Finns in a profound way because they saw that their neighbor is really capable of such an action. But the expansion of military infrastructure over that territory will obviously call for our response.
Most likely they will place more military resources close to the Finnish border.
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We are a well established democracy. We are among the best rule of law countries. Finland brings more resources, they will bring added value to the alliance. We have a lot a lot of military capabilities in relation to our size. We have a modern Air Force. I think one of the best in Europe.
We have a huge artillery. I think it can be even the biggest one after Russia.
It's really, it's really strong. This is where he makes his opponents sweat, he joked as he showed Fox News his sauna. At the entrance is a photograph of the father of modern Finland General Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim.
Hautala spent his formative years as a young diplomat in Ukraine - he is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian. A man came in with the Russian Ministry of Interior camouflage uniform. So he had a Russian flag and a Russian emblem. I noticed the people went silent. And everybody was looking at that guy. And I sort of made a mental note that this country is developing kind of an identity a sense of its own.
It was 45 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. The Finns pushed the Russians back and the Russians signed a ceasefire after three months. But I think what basically saved us was that the fact that we had more motivation like we see now in Ukraine.