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News, 2/28/2014

Finland’s national instrument gets louder

Photo: Sinimaaria Kangas
Kantele, Finnish national instrument, Finnish Culture Day, Kalevala, Kanteletar, Koistinen, Angry Birds, Kardemimmit, Värttinä, music, FinlandHannu 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.

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Updated 2/28/2014

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