Finnish made famous: magnificent mentions of Finland throughout Tinseltown

Promo pic for Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 just premiered in movie theaters across the globe and caused quite a stir. Not only are longtime fans of the original Blade Runner saying it’s a remarkable rendition of an untouchable classic, but there’s also Finnish spoken in the movie! Alongside Finnish actress Krista Kosonen, 2 other actresses have claimed their moment of Finnish fame while discussing who Blade Runner is onscreen.


Consequently, this Blade Runner rouse has sparked my pre-existing interest in the many other times I’ve heard Finnish (and Finland) referenced in movies and TV shows. So here’s a collection of the coolest…



1. What your favorite TV characters think about Finland



“Buddy of mine says they swear by this stuff in Finland.”

“Well, they’re a bunch of sex-crazed alcoholics, so they should know, right?”




Gilmore Girls

Rory: “Grandma. We were just talking about you. How are you? How’s Helsinki?”
Emily: “Cold. Unaccommodating. A population of walking dead.”



Dan (on Helsinki): “I’m sorry that I ever set foot in that fucking fish-eating, indie-film fucking hellhole.”



Walter: “As they say in Finland, there’s more than one way to roast a reindeer.”


How I Met Your Mother

Ted (on his best man speech): “So now I seem like a total train wreck to all my old high school friends. And a bunch of people in Finland. The auto-tune thing got kind of big over there.”
Ted’s speech that became famous: 


2. Five times Hollywood hacked the Finnish language


Charlie’s Angels





The Big Bang Theory


The Hudsucker Proxy






3. Other magnificent mentions of Finland




Conan – hates my homeland


Conan – drinks Lapin Kulta




Confessions of a Shopaholic






Spongebob Squarepants


SNL – Finnish talk show Kalle







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Edited by Michele Lawrence.

These marvellous movies posters show why adding ‘ing’ to movie titles is surprisingly funny

Recently, the absurd hive mind that is the internet inspired another fun meme related to pop culture: Just adding the ‘ing’ suffix to movie posters. From Crichton theme parks gone wrong to horror classics, we think this meme will lighten up your week a bit… at least if you’re into dark humor.

To keep it classy we’ve used a handful of actual original redrawn posters we’ve found.

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Warner Licensed Batmobile with Chevrolet V8 engine on a Chevy Impala chassis. As seen in the Tim Burton movies Batman & Batman Returns.

Finnish cops help out Batmobile, don’t get to test drive

Warner Licensed Batmobile with Chevrolet V8 engine on a Chevy Impala chassis. As seen in the Tim Burton movies Batman & Batman Returns.
Sometimes even the Dark Knight needs a hand. As the eastern Uusimaa Police district reports on their Facebook page, a highway patrol ran into an odd vehicle transported on a trailer. Temporarily stuck due to a punctured tire on the trailer, this unique, Warner Bros licensed Tim Burton-era Batmobile was on its way towards Monaco via Moscow.

The police officers, who seem like huge fans of the sleek vehicle seen in the Tim Burton movies ‘Batman’ (1989) and ‘Batman Returns’ (1992), report the specs too. This awesome machine is built with a carbon fiber body on a Chevrolet Impala chassis, with a Chevy V8 engine and is worth around a million euros.

The rear of a Warner Licensed Batmobile with Chevrolet V8 engine on a Chevy Impala chassis.
This unit is reportedly the only official, non-replica in existence.

In their Facebook field report, the patrol concludes on the sad note that a test drive was out of the question. At least they didn’t crash and burn as is not uncommon for police patrols who get in the way of Batman.

If you know more interesting facts about this or any other cool movie car, let us know in the comments below!

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Think you have sisu? This inspiring Finnish American film sure does

SISU: Family, Love and Perseverance from Finland

What does sisu mean to you? Most Finns will tell you that sisu is perseverance, guts, grit, or willpower. They’ll probably also quickly mention that sisu is a Finnish concept that has no translation in other languages. When prodded, however, many Finns will give a lengthier explanation of what sisu means to them personally, whether it’s holding on through rough times, not giving up, or simply a way of thinking that encourages getting more out life. The answers vary, but ultimately hold true to the ideal of Finnish persistence.

In his nonprofit documentary “SISU: Family, Love & Perseverance from Finland to America”, Finnish-American filmmaker Marko Albrecht explores the meaning of the Finnish word sisu through a tragic lens. Revolving around Marko’s family and a series of heartbreaking events, the film delves into life, death, family, and of course, the sisu that helps them get through it. Taking place in both Finland and the United States, the film recounts the ups and downs from his family’s history that we all experience at various points in our lives, from the simple joy of a well-heated sauna to the harrowing loss of a much-loved family member.

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22 things you probably didn’t know about James Dean

last pic of James Dean

Very few young actors in Hollywood history have been able to reach the legendary status of James Dean. The rebellious actor only starred in three films during his short career, but the impression he made on brooding teenage audiences was unmatched. His sensitive bad boy image has captivated both men and women for decades. In fact, over 60 years have passed since his tragic death, and yet he is still remembered as one of the greats, a cultural icon for the troubled and disillusioned.

James Dean’s life was short and stormy. The image above is reputed to be the last official photo taken of the actor, taken on the day of his death. In it, he sits in the driver seat of his Porsche 550 Spyder with friend and mechanic Rolf Wutherich. We’ve rounded up a few facts about the enigmatic star, so read on to discover 22 things you didn’t know about James Dean.

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Finn-tastic! 13 celebrities you didn’t know are Finnish Americans

US and Finnish flags

Finnish Americans make up just a tiny slice of the American pie, at only 0.2% of the population. And yet, there are tons of talented celebrities and influential Americans who can claim Finnish heritage. We’ve dug deep into the past and rounded up a list of famous Finnish Americans—do you think you know who we found?

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17 things you didn’t know about Harrison Ford and Star Wars

Star Wars

The release of Star Wars captivated audiences around the world in 1977. Today, things are no different. The Star Wars trilogies are fan favourites for a reason, filled with imaginative storylines, action and drama, and intriguing characters.

Han Solo is many fans’ favourite character (unless they opt for the dark side and choose Darth Vader, of course). Harrison Ford portrays Han’s cool cockiness effortlessly, and for many fans, he is Star Wars. We’ve rounded up 17 facts in honour of Harrison Ford and his iconic role of Han Solo, along with eye-opening behind the scenes photos from the films—don’t everyone thank us at once.

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The 10 best documentaries for challenging your view of the world

Waltz with Bashir

Early movies (pre-1900) were dominated by the novelty of showing an event. They were single-shot moments captured on film: a train entering a station, a boat docking, or factory workers leaving work. These short films were called “actuality” films; the term “documentary” was not coined until 1926. Many of the first films, such as those made by Auguste and Louis Lumière, were a minute or less in length, due to technological limitations.

Documentaries aren’t always seen as being super exciting compared to whatever new drama or action you could binge watch on Netflix. But the medium certainly provides opportunities to learn something about the world. Without lifting a finger.

Here are ten of the best documentaries that are not only excellent, but challenging to watch at times. Many of these will leave you thinking about the obsessive hobbies, consumption-oriented everyday living and sometimes terrifying politics that define our increasingly global world. Are you ready to change how you view the world?

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6 modern movies that tell you all you need to know about Finland

Finnish cinema is a tough racket. Its scope is limited by the country’s minuscule market of 5.4 million inhabitants who speak an unusual language. Even big, mainstream movie productions rely on grants to be feasible. Unlike say, their Swedish colleagues, Finnish filmmakers don’t get a boost from a potential audience of neighbouring countries, who sort of understand the language.

Despite this, there’s a bunch of modern Finnish movies that deliver in terms of being widely understandable art. Many of those reflect very particular, recurring themes of struggles, melancholy and nature.

So, let’s get to the movies.

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5 things Finnish people ask me about America, thanks to Hollywood


I’ve lived in Finland for nearly 5 years after moving here from the United States. I’ve been asked many questions by curious Finns over the past few years, usually starting with “Why did you come here?” (to go to university) quickly followed by “But why did you stay here?” (because I love it here). After a couple of drinks, the conversation often turns to American stereotypes, in particular the American stereotypes and tropes that are portrayed in movies and television. A good part of the entertainment that the world consumes comes from Hollywood, so most Finns have seen the same tropes over and over and are left wondering whether it’s a case of Hollywood invention or Hollywood reflecting real life in the United States.

When it comes to American stereotypes, there are plenty to take your pick from. Let’s take a look at 5 of the most common questions that I’ve been asked about life in the United States, based on what movies and TV are telling the world.

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