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He is one of the most prolific Finnish popular singer-songwriters and has written over 1 500 songs for himself and other famous Finnish singers including Jari Sillanpää and Katri Helena. The texts tell about Finland ("Sininen ja valkoinen", Blue and white), love, and longing."Sininen ja valkoinen" (Blue and White) became a mega hit. He has lived in Germany since 1977 with his wife Sirpa Kuoppamäki and some of their seven children.