Photo: Sinimaaria Kangas Hannu Koistinen (left) and his son Anttu form the second and third generations in a family business devoted to the Finnish national instrument, the kantele. These days there are electric kanteles and even Angry Birds kanteles.
The Finnish national instrument, the kantele, has a tranquil, serene reputation. That’s changing as the kantele becomes louder, more versatile – and even a bit angry (yes, like Angry Birds). Also, find out about its close connections to Kalevala Day, also called Finnish Culture Day, celebrated annually on February 28.