New World and Folk Music from Finland

Get to know the most exciting new world and folk music from Finland! 

The Finnish music scene is more diverse than ever, with traditional music styles and instruments shaking hands with modern soundscapes and other genres. The artists featured on the playlist range from Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha's balkan grooves to Joonas Widenius Trio's flamenco jazz and Maija Kauhanen's music inspired by Finnish and Karelian traditions. 

This Spotify and Apple Music based playlist is updated frequently. Scroll down fro artist info!

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