A book by Wolfram Eilenberger Finnen von Sinnen is, as its title says, a book about Finns, not about the tango. But since Finns have developed their own, unique version of this dance, it would be unforgivable to miss this interesting albeit short description. According to the author – a German who married a Finnish woman and has moved to Finland – “in musical terms, the Finnish tango is a combination of Russian romance and German military march. In terms of lyrics, it combines nature-praising Scandinavian poetry (A Rose of an Eagle) with exotic, sensual fantasies (Mirage); idyllic love (Night outside the Window) with frustration caused by modern technology (Why the Telephone is Silent?)”.
Steps in the Finnish tango are not very complicated – two long ones, three short – and any crazy distortions from the scheme are strictly forbidden; all gestures are to remain restrained. But, in the author’s opinion, without the tango Finns wouldn’t survive as a nation because the dance’s main purpose is to pave a man’s way toward active sex life. But beware! In Finland, nothing happens fast. So, even if anyone gets interested in a particular person, he has to wait to the last dance. Because only then, when a lady accepts the invitation, she may also mean consent for further, more intimate cooperation. She might. But doesn’t have to. I wonder, what experts in the Finnish tango would say? Below, see the most popular Finnish tango, Satumaa.