Conan O'Brien in Finland

Posted February 16, 2006 by Evan Tishuk

Today, a Swedish friend (Richard Svahn) sent me some pictures of Conan O'Brien and the Finnish president Tarja Halunen (here's more). This is funny, of course, but I was more struck by the amount of Conan-specific noise on this one particular Finnish blog called Finland for Thought:

And this is all since the 13th of February---the day before Conan went to visit the Finnish president.

The tagline of the blog is "Politics, current events, culture - In Finland & United States," which I suppose does cover Conan O'Brien. However, 45% of all content on the first two pages is devoted to Conan O'Brien. Furthermore there are hundreds of megabytes of Conan video clips and at least 187 comments--JUST POSTED IN THE PAST FEW DAYS! Perhaps a new tagline should be considered.

Don't get me wrong, I love Conan, but this seems a little unhealthy for the proud country of Finland. As an outside observer, I think it's a bit overboard.

I will say this, if Finland is worried about an infiltration of American culture, I can't think of a better ambassador than Conan O'Brien (1, 2) to spearhead an American cultural invasion.


fresh ~ May 09, 2006

conan rules niggas!

cowboys_rule ~ July 18, 2006

i think this is good 4 conan and halunen
its a littl funny....but good............i was watching conan last night and he was talking about all was a rerun but i think that if conan iz popular and he looks like halunen.......she cood win da election and conan cood get sum................respect?

ihatetrucks ~ February 17, 2006

Is this obsession any different than the Germans and David Hassalholf or the French and retreating?

Evan Tishuk ~ February 17, 2006

Oh snap! ...or "ihatetrucks" and not traveling well. Perhaps Jerry Lewis would have been a more diplomatic choice of words.

Olivier, feel free to kick this man in the groin.

olivier blanchard ~ February 17, 2006

Hold on. Let me finish eating my freedom toast first.

jimmy ~ February 17, 2006

I saw Conan on the Today show. Apparently it all started when someone from Finland told him he looked like their president. Then he just started making regular jokes. After a while, he decided to make the trip over there and do a few shows from Finland. When he got off the plane, he was mobbed by over 2,000 people. That is nuts. He is like the Beatles to them

Evan Tishuk ~ February 17, 2006

"Let me finish eating my freedom toast first" Ba-ZING!

Adam Gautsch ~ February 17, 2006

I can't be the only person who has missed Jimmy's typo filled responses that magically get fixed later on in the day.

Don't be a stranger Jimmy.

Richard Svahn ~ February 21, 2006

As a Scandinavian, I'm not that surprised over all of this. If your light in life is to sit and sweat in a small room (sauna), or get insanely drunk on Finish Vodka, maybe Conan seems a bit exotic! Did you know that a typical appartment in Finland contains a sauna? It doesn't matter how small the appartment is. :)

Adam Gautsch ~ February 21, 2006

"Did you know that a typical appartment in Finland contains a sauna?"

I did not know that and I find that funny on levels. I, however, hope the trend doesn't catch on in the states though as I find saunas pretty much useless.

Evan Tishuk ~ February 21, 2006

I knew there were a lot of saunas and that they beat each other with birch branches while in these saunas, but I did not know that they were in practically every home.

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