Introduction
to Finland

world class
production facilities

The producers, performers, crews and technicians all speak fluent English and usually one or two other languages as well ( most often German, French and Swedish).

Helsinki is the capital of Finland and the film and television centre of the nation. It's also the countrys largest production centre with world class studios and post-production facilities. Our crews are experienced, flexible and ready for anything - as even the most demanding productions will prove. Our skilled and experienced partnering service companies light up the other end of the spectrum, offering studios, equipment suppliers and other related business from post-production to on-site catering.

Finland was one of the pioneers in the European TV spot production, with the first commercially funded TV channel launching in 1957. Ever since then, Finland has established a long track record in TV commercial production.

Helsinki production crews are at the cutting edge of their field, thanks to extensive professional collaboration and the comprehensive education programmes available in the field. With Finland being the home of global mobile phone giant Nokia and various other hi- tech companies, the very latest technology is widely used throughout the country for both business and pleasure.

weather

Finland has four distinctive seasons. In summer the temperature often rises to +20 Celsius or more and occasionally goes to +30 in Southern and Eastern parts of the country.

In winter, temperatures of -20 Celsius are not uncommon in most of the country. The Finnish climate can be mild and warm with the sun beaming down, but itís the sub-zero landscapes that Finland does best. Go only a few miles outside Helsinki and you'll find yourself in the North Pole - or in a setting that looks just like it.

There might be long periods of darkness in winter, especially in the North, with only a few hours of daylight in December. But come summer, the sunny days never seem to end. In the far north of the country the sun does not set for about 73 days, and it can be almost as bright at 9pm as it is at midday.

Awealth of shooting
locations

Finland occupies a total area of 338,000 square kilometres in the north-eastern part of Europe. The natural landscape offers a range of contrasting sceneries, provided by four distinct seasons: summer with its long, warm sunny days; fall, with its vibrant colours; winter, with a blanket of pure white snow; and spring, with nature blooming again in all its splendour.

Outside of the capital Helsinki, the country offers a marvellous diversity of locations, from extreme arctic landscapes to forests and farmlands, and from modern urban cityscapes to little towns resembling old European villages or the small towns of North America.

Whether itís the snow-covered hills in Lapland, the hi-tech buildings of "Nokialand" or classic and modernist architecture you are looking for, Finland offers innumerable locations that meet virtually any screenplay requirement.