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Finnish title screen
Created by
  • Rike Jokela
  • Jari Olavi Rantala
  • Kirsi Porkka
Directed byRike Jokela
Composer(s)Juri Seppä
Country of originFinland
Original language(s)Finnish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12
  • Riina Hyytiä
  • Jojo Uimonen
Production location(s)Uusimaa region, Finland
CinematographyAnssi Leino
Editor(s)Jussi Lehto
Running time44 minutes
Production company(s)Dionysos Films H&V Production
Original network
Picture format2.20:1 (1080i50)
Audio format5.1
Original release14 March 2018
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Deadwind (Finnish: Karppi) is a Finnish crime drama and Nordic noir television series directed and created by Rike Jokela, starring Pihla Viitala, Lauri Tilkanen, Jani Volanen, and Tommi Korpela. It premiered in Finland in March 2018 on Yle TV2 and in August 2018 on Netflix. The show follows Sofia Karppi, a female detective of the Finnish police who is recently widowed in her 30s with two children. She returns to police work in Helsinki, and her first case is the murder of Anna Bergdahl, a social affairs consultant.

Season 1 received strong reviews after airing in Finland and was compared to the Danish The Killing and to the Danish-Swedish The Bridge. Season 2 of the show is currently being written.


Sofia Karppi (Pihla Viitala) returns to her work as a homicide detective in the Helsinki Police Department while taking care of two children after the accidental death of her husband. Rookie detective Sakari Nurmi (Lauri Tilkanen) is transferred from the financial crime unit to the homicide unit as Karppi's partner. Their first case begins as a routine disappearance. Women's clothes found at a construction site leads the detectives to the body of social affairs consultant Anna Bergdahl (Pamela Tola) — buried with flowers in her hands at a shore belonging to wind power research firm Tempo. Anna has been murdered, and her husband, Usko Bergdahl (Jani Volanen), is confused after hearing about the incident. Karppi and Nurmi start investigating Anna's background, such as her job with the Tempo company and its critical construction project.



Deadwind premiered in Finland on 14 March 2018 on Yle TV2 and on 23 August 2018 on Netflix. The series was co-written by director Rike Jokela with Jari Olavi Rantala and Kirsi Porkka. It was distributed by the French About Premium Content and co-produced by the Finnish Dionysos Films and the German H&V Production. Season 2 is currently being written with shooting scheduled for spring 2019.[1][2]


Season 1 of Deadwind received strong reviews and ratings in Finland after it aired on Yle TV2. It was compared to the Danish crime series The Killing and was nominated at the 2018 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize in the Best Nordic Screenplay category.[1][3] Noel Murray of The Verge described the series as "realistically grim, but also offers the simple satisfaction of watching smart professionals bring some order to a chaotic world, one case at a time."[4] Bustle magazine's Rebecca Patton compared the show, for example, to the Danish-Swedish The Bridge series, and summarized that Deadwind is "just as compelling and addictive as its predecessors. After all, no one does brooding crime shows like the Scandinavians."[5]

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  1. ^ a b Pham, Annika (2018-08-05). "Netflix brings Finnish series Deadwind to the world". Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  2. ^ Hannonen, Inka (16 November 2016). "Pihla Viitala debytoi rikosetsivänä uudessa Karppi-sarjassa" (in Finnish). Yleisradio.
  3. ^ Yrttiaho, Tuomo (14 March 2018). "Karppi on valoa tunnelin päässä". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). p. B 25.
  4. ^ "This weekend, dive into "Nordic noir" with Deadwind on Netflix". The Verge. 2018-11-09. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  5. ^ Patton, Rebecca (2018-08-23). "Don't Worry, There's Definitely More 'Deadwind' On The Way — But It Could Be A While". Bustle. Retrieved 2019-01-27.

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