To celebrate the weird and wonderful Eurovision Song Contest, we present weird and wonderful film facts about this year's finalist countries.
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12 Apr 2013 - 2:08 PM  UPDATED 12 Apr 2013 - 2:08 PM

Forever to be known amongst the eternally hip as the country that produced Aki Kaurismaki, who dreamed up the indescribable Rock and Roll antics of the Leningrad Cowboys, the Finnish cinema has been around as long as there have been movies (which is a about a decade over 100 years, for those of you keeping score at home). Though he's been making movies since the early 1980s, Kaurismaki (and his brother, Mika) have been international fest darlings for nearly that long, with their films employing a distinctive, deadpan humor and inert camerawork to tell tragicomic stories of working-class Finns and the various heartbreaks thrown at them by life (most recently, in 2012's Le Havre). However, the Kaurismakis aren't the only game in town: that crazy recent science fiction film about Nazis on the moon, Iron Sky, was dreamed up by a bunch of Finns, which could explain why it is the most sparsely populated country in the European Union.