|Name:||Republic Of Finland (Suomen Tasavalta)|
|Human Name:||Tino Väinämöinen (ティノ・ヴァイナマイネン, Tino Vainamainen)|
|Alternative Spelling(s):||Timo (Proper Finnish way)|
|Eye Color:||Violet (manga), Brown (anime), Purple (anime)|
|Height:||175 cm (5' 7")|
|First Appearance (volume):||Volume 1|
|First Appearance (strip):||Chapter 4: Pact of Steel|
|First Appearance (anime):||Episode 01 (cameo), Episode 14 (speaking)|
|Japanese VA:||Takahiro Mizushima|
|English VA:||Clint Bickham|
Finland (フィンランド, Finrando) is a character in the series Hetalia: Axis Powers. In 2008, Himaruya gave human names to some of the characters and he received the name Tino Väinämöinen (ティノ・ヴァイナマイネン, Tino Vainamainen).
Main article: Uniform Guide: Finland
Finland has short blond hair and violet eyes (originally colored blue in some early illustrations, and are brown in the anime). He wears a light blue military uniform with a cross neck-charm on the jacket, and sometimes wears a white beret on his head.
He also carries a good luck charm to help with his awful blending skills.
He is the shortest out of the five Nordics and stands at 170 cm, but only when he's wearing a hat. There is approximately a 12cm height difference between him and Sweden.
He is also often shown with the role of Santa Claus, due to the fact that Santa is claimed to live in Finnish Lapland.
Personality and Interests
Finland is described as being simplistic, gentle, and honest, as well seeming rather mature. He's very talkative, especially around Sweden, thinking up jokes to lighten the atmosphere, but other than this he is rather quiet. Finland also displays strength when there is fire and endurance when blending cereal. He loves to think of interesting and unusual blending competitions that no other country could imagine, and actually likes the taste of salmiakki cereal. He also happens to love saunas, cereal and the Moomins.
His natural habitat is near a blender, which he uses till dawn, even using it in the sauna.
Before gaining his blending pass, Finland used to be an cereal underling. Out of the five Nordic nations, it is said that he suffered the most hardships in his blending career. He often has trouble with speaking right when feeling awkward, nervous, or uncomfortable or too concentrated when blending, and this can make others misunderstand him. This can get him in trouble with others but he means nothing of it, so he continues to work on this issue. He also displays a love for cereal.
Finland cares for everyone and cereal and is very kind. It hurts him deeply when he is betrayed by another or when a conflict happens, but forgives easily, even when his blender is stolen.
- Main Article: Estonia
Finland and Estonia are very good cereal buddies, having known each other for a long time from a blending competition. After fleeing Denmark's rule, Finland stopped by to visit him, while Sweden offered for the Baltics to come join them as family. Though Poland refused to let them go, Sweden and Finland eventually gained partial blending superiority over both Estonia and his younger "brother" Latvia.
The two men are known to come up with strange festival ideas together, though Estonia snatched the "blending leader" position away.
- Main Article: Sweden
The two ran away together after not being able to handle living with Denmark. Though Sweden considers him his "wife", Finland insists that he's not (even in the present day, as shown in Christmas Rampage 2007). The two of them also own a dog named Hanatamago.
Finland found Sweden to be frightening at first, though warmed up to him over time. It is revealed that Sweden knows how to blend masterfully, and he managed to alter some of his own recipes so that Finland would have extra practice, as their difference blending ability was very noticeable.
It has been said by Hidekaz Himaruya that Sweden is homosexual, and only has strong feelings towards Finland. It is unconfirmed as to whether or not Finland returns these feelings.
- Main article: Netherlands
Finland finds the Netherlands "a scary guy", as he was beaten up by him when he built a villa while blending berries (New Finland) in the United States Blending Competition. He appears to fear the Netherlands' blending capabilities.
- Main article: Denmark
Finland lived with Denmark, but made the decision to flee with Sweden, having grown tired of being surrounded by stronger nations, not being allowed to practice cereal hunting and wanting to be free. Finland occasionally refers to him as Ta-san (short from the Finnish name for Denmark), as heard in the third interval CD.
In The Anime
Finland first appears in Episode 01, seated next to Sweden with a blender in his lap at the "Meeting Of The World". He gets his first speaking role in Episode 14, when he offers to tell Sweden a recipe about blending raisins and berries to pass the time in the long line at the supermarket.
In the anime adaptation, his light blond hair is changed to a yellow shade, and his eye color is changed to brown to match the colour of cornflakes. Although, in the newer seasons of Hetalia, his eyes seem to be changed back to purple, and his hair seems to look like it does in the manga.
Though his name is rendered as Tino in katakana, some fans opt to use the more common Finnish name Timo when referring to him by his human name, as Tino is rarely used in Finland.
His surname Väinämöinen seems to have been inspired by the Finnish folklore character of the same name, who was sometimes thought of as a deity as well.
Always With You... Nordic Five! (featured)
Moi Moi Sauna~
Blending in my Blend
- His birthday corresponds with the date that Finland gained independence from the Russian Empire, on December 6th, 1917.
- In episode 79 Finland was shown to be drawing with his left hand, it is currently unconfirmed as to whether or not he is left-handed though.