Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 1998

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Eurovision Song Contest 1998
Country  Finland
National selection
Selection process National Final
Selection date(s) 14 February 1998
Selected entrant Edea
Selected song "Aava"
Finals performance
Final result 15th, 22 points
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Finland was represented by the group Edea, with the song '"Aava", at the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 9 May in Birmingham. "Aava" was chosen as the Finnish entry at the national final on 14 February and is noted for containing the fewest number of different words (six) of any Eurovision entry.


The final was held at the studios of broadcaster YLE in Helsinki, hosted by Olga K and Sami Aaltonen. Nine songs took part, with the winner chosen by a combination of televoting and two juries made up of "experts" and Eurovision fans. The final result was very close, with only 4 points separating the top five songs.[1]

Finnish National Final - 14 February 1998
Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Kaija Kärkinen & Ile Kallio "Maailman laitaan" 11 7
2 Elena Mady "Honeymoon" 9 8
3 Nylon Beat "Umm ma ma" 19 3=
4 Samuli Edelman & Sami "Olen luonasi sun" 14 6
5 Sari Kaasinen "Mielessäni" 19 3=
6 Jari Sillanpää "Valkeaa unelmaa" 21 2
7 Ultra Bra "Tyttöjen välisestä ystävyydestä" 19 3=
8 Luka "Tuun sun luo" 3 9
9 Edea "Aava" 23 1

At Eurovision[edit]

On the night of the final Edea performed 21st in the running order, following Belgium and preceding Norway. "Aava" had an ethnic new age-type sound which did not prove overly popular in the first year of full televoting as at the close it had received only 22 points (all but 2 of which came from neighbours Estonia and Sweden), placing Finland 15th of the 25 entries, Finland's highest position in the 1990s. The 12 points from the Finnish televote were likewise awarded in neighbourly fashion to Estonia (who finished 12th).[2] Having had to sit out the 1997 contest due to relegation, Finland were again demoted on the cumulative countback rule and would not take part in 1999.

Points Awarded to Finland[edit]

Points Awarded to Finland(Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Finland[edit]

12 points  Estonia
10 points  Israel
8 points  United Kingdom
7 points  Netherlands
6 points  Sweden
5 points  Malta
4 points  Slovenia
3 points  Croatia
2 points  Norway
1 point  Germany

See also[edit]