Blue and white karaoke
Considering the Finnish national psyche and the old tradition of traumatising children in singing exams at school, it is surprising just how popular, established and widely loved a pastime karaoke has become in Finland. Karaoke has in fact become an expression of Finnish national identity.
On Independence Day Eve, all karaoke bars in Finland are invited to take up the challenge and participate in an event to join in singing two well-known, old hit songs celebrating Finland and being a Finn, with the backing of karaoke arrangements: Jukka Kuoppamäki’s Sininen ja valkoinen (Blue and White) and Kari Tapio’s Olen suomalainen (I’m a Finn). Finally, all participating singers will celebrate the centenary of Finnish independence by singing together the national anthem.
5 December 2017 – All karaoke bars in Finland, at 9 pm.