Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 1963

Finland was represented by Laila Halme, with the song '"Muistojeni laulu", at the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 23 March in London. "Muistojeni laulu" was chosen as the Finnish entry at the national final organised by broadcaster Yle and held on 14 February. Halme originally finished third in the national final, but replaced the winning singer Irmeli Mäkelä at Eurovision for unknown reasons.

Eurovision Song Contest 1963
Country Finland
National selection
Selection processNational Final
Selection date(s)14 February 1963
Selected entrantLaila Halme
Selected song"Muistojeni laulu"
Selected songwriter(s)Börje Sundgren
Finals performance
Final result13th, 0 points
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Before EurovisionEdit

Natonal finalEdit

The final was held at the Yle studios in Helsinki, hosted by Aarno Walli, Erkki-Mikael, Risto Vanari and Marion Rung. Eight songs took part, with each performed twice, once with a small combo and once with a full orchestra. The winner was chosen by voting from ten regional juries.[1]

Finnish National Final - 14 February 1963
Draw Combo Orchestra Song Points Place
1 Tuulevi Mattila Erkki Liikanen "Pimpula vei" 272 6
2 Marjatta Leppänen Irmeli Mäkelä "Muistojeni laulu" 331 1
3 Maynie Sirén Tapio Lahtinen "Malaga" 269 7
4 Stig Fransman Pärre Förars "Niin kuin ruusu" 258 8
5 Johnny Forsell Lasse Mårtenson "Kaikessa soi blues" 315 2
6 Tamara Lund Laila Halme "Olen mikä olen" 298 3
7 Matti Heinivaho Lasse Liemola "Kristiina ja minä" 276 5
8 Rauni Pekkala Seija Lampila "Marraskuu" 279 4

At EurovisionEdit

On the night of the final Halme performed 7th in the running order, following Italy and preceding eventual contest winners Denmark. Voting was by each national jury awarding 5-4-3-2-1 to their top five songs, and at the close "Muistojeni laulu" was one of four songs (along with the entries from the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden) which had failed to pick up any points at all, the country's first last place finish. The Finnish jury awarded its 5 points to Denmark.[2]


Finland did not receive any points at the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest.[3]

Points awarded by Finland[3]
Score Country
5 points   Denmark
4 points   Austria
3 points   United Kingdom
2 points   Italy
1 point   Luxembourg


  1. ^ ESC National Finals database - Finland 1963
  2. ^ ESC History - Finland 1963
  3. ^ a b "Results of the Final of London 1963". Eurovision Song Contest. Archived from the original on 30 March 2021. Retrieved 30 March 2021.