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Finnish Blood Swedish Heart (Laulu koti-ikävästä)

2013 | 90 min | S | documentary

The documentary film A song about homesickness tells the story of Kai Latvalehto, a musician from Oulu who grew up in two countries – Sweden and Finland. A middle-aged man makes a trip to his childhood landscapes in Gothenburg with his retired father Tauno Latvalehto. Father and son have a conversation during the car trip, remembering different stages of their lives. The music, made as live recordings of the film, accompanies the development of the story from the 1970s to the present day.

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About the movie


  • ethics
  • finnish
  • history
  • music
  • psychology
  • social studies
  • Swedish


  • cultures
  • domestic
  • equality
  • family
  • identity and growing
  • informational
  • learning materials
  • music
  • parenthood
  • parity
  • respectful
  • social class differences
  • swedish

Educational levels

  • high schools and vocational schools
  • middle schools


  • documentary

Age limits

  • S


  • Jussi


  • Klaffi

For media educator

The multi-level story mirrors the relationship between father and son, both the protagonist Kai's relationship with his son Oiva and his relationship with his father Tauno. His childhood years in Gothenburg have left indelible marks on the man, making him feel like an outsider in Finland. Living in Sweden, Kai stood out as a Finn, in Finland he was considered a Swede. Kai's experiences in Sweden are familiar to hundreds of thousands of Finns who moved to Sweden in the 1960s and 70s. Many of the labor migrants stayed in Sweden, and the offspring of the families have become more Swedish over the years. In the past decades, two things were known about Finns in Sweden in particular: Finns were hard at work, and on the other hand, they relaxed violently by drinking booze.

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