The Finnish Tango commemorative coin pays tribute to Finland’s tango culture. The collector coin is a part of the Finland 100 centenary programme of Finland’s independence. In line with the theme of the centenary, the design for the collector coin was created collaboratively.

This commemorative coin was packaged in a clear protective casing, set in a commemorative coin box. The numbered coins are packaged in a protective clear capsule in a glass case. The number of the commemorative coin is stamped on the coin's reverse.

The commemorative coin has been granted the Key Flag Label of the Association for Finnish Work.

Design: Erkki Vainio
Issue date: 15.06.2017


The design honors both the music and the dance: in the left foreground, a man in a jacket and open-collar shirt is singing as he faces the view, while behind him to the right a couple dance alongside a body of water, beneath a brooding sky. The surrounding legend reads "Finish tango" in Finnish and Swedish. Erkki Vainio's initial (e) on the bottom left.

Finnish tango (Finnish: suomalainen tango), or FINtango, music is an established variation of the Argentine tango but whose rhythm follows the Ballroom tango. It was one of the most popular music forms for decades in Finland. Brought to Europe in the 1910s, and to Finland itself in 1913, by travelling musicians, Finns began to take up the form and write their own tangos in the 1930s. By the 1940s about half of the entries on the popular music charts were occupied by tangos, and the post war period saw tangos spread from a popular urban phenomenon to their enthusiastic adoption by the countryside as well. Finnish tango peaked in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

One of the highlights of Finnish summers is the Tangomarkkinat, or tango festival, held annually since 1985 in the central Finnish town of Seinäjoki. The festival attracts more than 100,000 participants annually (from a population of just over 5 million) and is capped by the coronation of the tango King and Queen, who receive much domestic media attention and often recording contracts as well.



Depicts the lyrics from “Satumaa” at the center, surrounded by concentric circles that suggest both a blank staff from a sheet of music and the grooves of a vinyl record album. The country name in Finnsih and Swedish above, the logo of the Mint of Finland (lion) and denomination below.

In a recent national survey in conjunction with the centenary anniversary of Finnish independence, an overwhelming majority of Finns voted “Satumaa” as their favourite tango. “Satumaa,” which was written by Unto Mononen and published in 1955, is the quintessential Finnish tango.

Most Finns know by heart this classic tango. Its title translates as “Happyland” or “Fairytale Land,” and its words embody that tell-tale melancholic longing: "Beyond the open oceans, there is somewhere a land, where the wave softly takes the shore of happiness… But without wings I cannot fly, I am a prisoner of the ground… Fly my song to the place where you see the happyland, to the place where my own love waits for me."

meren tuolla
puolen jossakin on maa,
missae onnen kaukorantaan
laine liplattaa. Missae kukat
kauneimmat luo aina loistettaan,
siellae huolet huomisen saa jäädä
unholaan. Oi jospa kerran sinne
satumaahan käydä vois, niin sieltä
koskaan lähtisi en linnun lailla
pois. Vaan siivetönnä en voi
lentää, vanki olen maan, vain
aatoksin, mi kauas entää,
sinne käydä saan.
-Unto Mononen-

Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.925
Weight 25.5 g
Diameter 38.6 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint of Finland

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