Check out this cool video about Finland, MN! It was filmed by a Finnish film crew from the Finnish TV channel YLE as part of the celebration of Finland (the country)’s centennial celebration. You can see the original version here: https://areena.yle.fi/1-4301503
As you can see when you watch the film, we all had so much fun with this film crew! They visited so many places in our town and talked to so many people. That’s one of the really fun things about the film, that so many of our citizens appear in it, not only in the interviews, but in the background activities.
Many local businesses and organizations appear as well. Obviously they couldn’t fit them all, but there is a good variety. The Finland Co-op is featured pretty prominently. Also included are the Maple Grove Motel, the Our Place, the Clair Nelson Community Center, St. Urho, Baptism River Community Church, Kallinen Logging, the West Branch Bar and Grill, the Finland MN Historical Society, the Finland Post Office, Trestle Inn, and an interview with Bonnie Tikkanen, owner of the Four Seasons Supper Club.
Someone I know, upon watching the film remarked, “That was the first international film I’ve ever seen where I knew all the characters.” And what a cast of characters! If you know Finland, Minnesota, hopefully this film fills you with pride and makes you laugh. If you’ve never been to Finland, Minnesota, I betcha you are going to want to visit.
This is Finland. Welcome to Finland!