La dolce vita (song)

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Finland "La dolce vita"
Eurovision Song Contest 1989 entry
Anneli Saaristo
Matti Puurtinen
Turkka Mali
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
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 since 1975, and one which would not be bettered 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?".