While in Finland, a huge country with not so many people, but many lakes and lots of nature with still all the natural energies and totem animals there, lots of people are going to travel into that nature more often. This homeland of wolfs, bears, the lynx, dears is so beautiful it seems that this is the safest and quietest place on earth. In the North of the country the sun comes up and goes down again, but never goes under.
Beautiful architectural buildings can be seen everywhere. Much attention to harmony with nature is expressed in that too.
Some of the shamans came originally from Mongolia. Many things, like even the language, -one of the oldest in the world (,and also one of the most difficult ones, grammatically,) is related with those origins. This language is also related to a huge musical tradition. This ancient language hides magical harmonies. The Kalevala, one of the oldest books, tells stories and songs from old times. Vikings came from Scandinavia with no doubt. The most magical origins of them, of living according to nature's laws can still be found in Finnish sources.
People still like music very much. The Sibelius Academy is extremely important for it. There's mostly tradionally based folk music, fusion and classical music interest. From contempory classical music I can recommend Rautavaara who made extremely good music (which he also combined with some electronica).
Since the seventies a few progressive music groups came to live like Wigwam (one of the first Finnish rock groups to get a contract with Virgin to get internationally known), Kalevala, Tasavallan Presidentti, Piirpauke, Pekka Pohjola, Jukka Tolonen,..to name some important ones (-,most of thosehaveh lots of jazz fusion rock approach-).
From 80's to early 2000 most important Finnish groups contain still have this origin of folk music. Folk became enriched in a very spontaneous way and became a bit more progressive during the last twenty years. Some chamber music was combined here too. The rich vocal music tradition enriched the folk music mostly into more acoustic traditional roots. Most of the music groups have had a very good education in music including classical music and Scandinavian folk. This can be heard clearly. The classical music foundations are completely different in temperament than in Italy for instance, where people have been more often trained in classical music too.
In comparing with other Scandinavian countries Norway in progressive music showed more dark areas in music, Sweden in comparrisment has the richest progressive music tradition, while in Finland the importance of folk, (jazz) fusion and classical tradition took more lead. In Scandinavia all countries experienced freedom longer than in Europe, while not being involved as much in World War. This is an influence which mostly makes their music without to much inner struggle and inconvenience or risk in comparing with progressive music from some other countries.
Here are some of the most important progressive music groups listed with a small description (folk is also included if not traditional, but when with some distance toward it and more attention to originality). Important links for Finnish music are added too. If you think there are errors or important data missing, please E-mail me. On the second page some reviews of progressive music is being reviewed.