Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 1961

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Eurovision Song Contest 1961
Country  Finland
National selection
Selection process National Final
Selection date(s) 12 February 1961
Selected entrant Laila Kinnunen
Selected song "Valoa ikkunassa"
Finals performance
Final result 10th=, 6 points
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
1961 1962►

Finland was represented by Laila Kinnunen, with the song '"Valoa ikkunassa", at the 1961 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 18 March in Cannes, France. Finland was one of three countries (along with Spain and Yugoslavia) making their Eurovision debut in 1961 and "Valoa ikkunassa" was chosen as the first Finnish entry at the national final organised by broadcaster Yle and held on 12 February.


The final was held at the Työväenopisto in Helsinki, hosted by Aarno Walli. Four songs took part, having qualified from a radio-only semi-final. The winning song was chosen by an "expert" jury.[1]

Finnish National Final - 12 February 1961
Draw Artist Song Place
1 Ritva Mustonen "Portinvartija" 3
2 Laila Kinnunen "Valoa ikkunassa" 1
3 Kai Lind "Pikku ikkuna" 4
4 Christina Hellman "Puuttuva lehti" 2

At Eurovision[edit]

On the night of the final Kinnunen performed 4th in the running order, following Austria and preceding Yugoslavia. At the close of voting "Valoa ikkunassa" had received 6 points (2 from Italy and the United Kingdom and 1 from Denmark and France), placing Finland joint 10th (with Monaco and the Netherlands) of the 16 entries. The Finnish jury awarded its highest marks (3) to Luxembourg and Monaco.[2]

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