Bordertown (Finnish TV series)

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Sorjonen title card
  • Crime drama
  • Nordic noir
Created by Miikko Oikkonen
Directed by
  • Miikko Oikkonen
  • Jyri Kähönen
  • Juuso Syrjä
Country of origin Finland
Original language(s) Finnish
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 11
Running time 58 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Fisher King Production
  • Federation Entertainment
Original network Yle TV1
Picture format 16:9 (1080i50)
Audio format 2.0 surround
Original release October 16, 2016 (2016-10-16) – present
External links
Yle TV1

Bordertown (Finnish: Sorjonen) is a Finnish police crime drama television series created by Miikko Oikkonen and starring Ville Virtanen as Detective Inspector Kari Sorjonen.[1] It premiered in Finland on 16 October 2016 on Yle TV1.[2]. Season 2 is scheduled to air in Fall 2018.[3]


Detective Inspector Kari Sorjonen is one of the most respected officers at the National Bureau of Investigation in Finland when his wife barely survives brain cancer. Sorjonen then takes a job as the new police chief of Lappeenranta and moves his family to the idyllic small town near the border of Russia for a more peaceful life. But life turns out to be less than peaceful there.[4]

Cast and characters[edit]



Development and production[edit]

Bordertown is produced for Yle by Fisher King Production and Federation Entertainment.[5][6] The series was presented at the MIPTV Media Market in Cannes on 3 April 2016, where it competed in the MIPDrama Screenings for the "Coup de Coeur" award.[7][8][9]

Filming of Season 2 began in Lappeenranta on August 8, 2017, and wrapped on November 7 in Helsinki.[3][10]


The series premiered on Yle TV1 on 16 October 2016. The debut was watched by over one million viewers (1/5 of Finland population).[citation needed]

International distribution rights for Bordertown were acquired from Federation Entertainment in October 2016 by Sky Deutschland for Germany, CanalPlay for France, and VRT for Flanders (Dutch-speaking Belgium).[11] Netflix acquired rights in February 2017 for the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Netherlands.[12] Streaming of Season 1 became available on Netflix on 31 March 2017.[13]


Awards and nominatons[edit]

Bordertown won the 2017 Golden Venla Awards for Best Drama Series, Best Actor (Ville Virtanen), and Best Actress (Anu Sinisalo).[14][15]


  1. ^ "Nordic Noir gets a lighter Finnish". Drama Quarterly. July 28, 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2018. 
  2. ^ Ainamo-McDonald, Maria (23 August 2016). "Sorjonen – uusi kotimainen rikossarja". Yle (in Finnish). Retrieved 1 December 2017. (Sorjonen - a new domestic crime series) 
  3. ^ a b Pham, Annika (2 May 2017). "Summer shoot for Bordertown Season 2". Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Retrieved 17 May 2018. 
  4. ^ "Bordertown". Fisher King Production. Retrieved 1 December 2017. 
  5. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (March 9, 2016). "Federation, Fisher King Team on Nordic Noir Series 'Bordertown'". Variety. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  6. ^ Hopewell, John (April 2, 2016). "'Marseille's' Pascal Breton on 'Bordertown,' Nordic Noir, Big Euro Co-pros and Crucial Change in Intl. TV (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 1 December 2017. 
  7. ^ "Bordertown is coming to MipTV". ttvnews. TodotvMedia. March 10, 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  8. ^ "Federation taking buyers to Bordertown". Television Business International. 22 March 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  9. ^ Newby, Julian (May 11, 2016). "MIPTV Fiction Wrap: Drama takes centre stage". MIPTrends. MIP Markets. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  10. ^ "Bordertown Begins Filming Season Two This August". Nordic Drama. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2018. 
  11. ^ Pham, Annika (10 October 2016). "Bordertown Sells to Germany-France-Belgium". Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  12. ^ Åkman, Erika (28 February 2017). "Suomalainen rikosdraama nähdään nyt myös USA:ssa! Netflix osti supersuositun Sorjosen". Ilta-Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 15 May 2018. (Finnish crime drama is now seen also in the USA! Netflix acquires the super popular Sorjonen) 
  13. ^ Vestrheim, Emma (3 March 2017). "Netflix picks up Finland's Bordertown". Cinema Scandinavia. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  14. ^ Pham, Annika (16 January 2017). "Clean sweep for Bordertown at Finnish Emmys". Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Retrieved 14 May 2018. 
  15. ^ Vestrheim, Emma (17 January 2017). "BORDERTOWN wins at the Finnish Emmy's". Cinema Scandinavia. Retrieved 14 May 2018. 

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