Seaside Sounds from Finland

On the South & West Coasts of Finland lives a minority speaking Swedish as their mother tongue, roughly 5 % of the Finnish population. Culturally they share a lot with the other Nordic countries as well as with Finnish-speaking Finland, but they have developed a unique cultural mix of their own, embracing musical styles from medieval ballads to fiery fiddling. Every region has its own treasures, but one very famous is the minuet, which has survived on the West coast since the 18th century.

Meet four versatile musicians, masters of the Finnish-Swedish music tradition and creators of new music: Maria Kalaniemi, Marianne Maans, Juulia Salonen and Désirée Saarela-Portin.