La dolce vita (song)

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Finland "La dolce vita"
Eurovision Song Contest 1989 entry
Country Finland
Artist(s) Anneli Saaristo
Language Finnish
Composer(s) Matti Puurtinen
Lyricist(s) Turkka Mali
Conductor Ossi Runne
Finals performance
Final result 7th
Final points 76
Appearance chronology
◄ "Nauravat silmät muistetaan" (1988)   
"Fri?" (1990) ►

"La dolce vita" ("The good life") was the Finnish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1989, performed in Finnish (despite the Italian of the title) by Anneli Saaristo. The song was conducted by Ossi Runne, who retired after this Contest (conducting 22 Finnish entries).

The song was performed 14th on the night, following Austria's Thomas Forstner with "Nur ein Lied" and preceding France's Nathalie Pâque with "J'ai volé la vie". At the close of voting, it had received 76 points, placing 7th in a field of 22, Finland's best result in the Contest until 2006.

The song is sung from the perspective of a person looking back at her life and coming to the conclusion that she has lived well and has no regrets. Saaristo also recorded the song in English under the same title; "La Dolce Vita".

It was succeeded as Finnish representative at the 1990 Contest by Beat with "Fri?".

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