Finland was represented by Riki Sorsa and the song « Reggae OK » at the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 4 April in Dublin. Sorsa won the rights to represent Finland on the 21 February.
The final was hosted by Finnish television producer and singer Erkki Pohjanheimo, at Yleisradio Studio 2 in Helsinki. Eight songs were selected from the semi-final which took place on January 28. The winning song was selected by a national jury, two of which included former Finnish Eurovision contestants Marion Rung and Lasse Mårtenson.
|2||Paula Koivuniemi||Ei tule toista kertaa||1||8th|
|3||Mikko Alatalo||Leuhkat eväät||30||2nd|
|6||Markku Aro & Nisa Soraya||Mun suothan tulla vierees sun||13||5th|
|7||Riki Sorsa||Reggae OK||66||1st|
|Ei tule toista kertaa||1||1|
|Mun suothan tulla vierees sun||1||5||2||3||2||13|
On the night Sorsa performed eighth (following Yugoslavia and preceding France). For the first time in 15 years regular Finnish conductor Ossi Runne did not conduct the Finnish entry (instead he was providing the YLE television commentary) and was instead conducted by Otto Donner. At the close of voting Reggae OK had picked up 27 points (the highest points being 6 from Sweden) placing Finland in 16th place out of 20. The Finnish jury awarded its 12 points to Switzerland.
Points Awarded by Finland
|3 points||United Kingdom|
Points Awarded to Finland
|12 points||10 points||8 points||7 points||6 points|
|5 points||4 points||3 points||2 points||1 point|
- (French) Finland’s national final
(Note: Entries scored out are when Finland did not compete)