expanding the parameters of finnishness

the dudesons

Posted by Markus Raty on August 3, 2006

And now for something from the lighter side… 

Those of you who know me personally will be able to directly relate to this post. Growing up (which it seems i’m still in the midst of doing) I had a penchant for performing silly stunts, often inflicting copious amounts of pain and suffering upon myself. The reason you ask? How does the saying go; for shits and giggles I suppose. To this day I am still a bit of an adreneline junkie and get many of my kicks jumping off cliffs, climbing rock faces and hurling myself into dense snow-covered forests with a wooden board attached to my feet.

With this bit of background (merely a thin slice of the whole) you will appreciate the glee I felt when I stumbled across The Dudesons late one night a couple of weeks ago while watching The Best Damn Sports Show Period. Think Jackass on steroids with heavy Finnish accents. Now some will say Jackass came first but these guys have been performing in Finland for over 10 years and have now hit the main stage. In any case, check them out for yourself:

p.s. to answer one of the Q’s in the comments section, they have “I Love Suomi” tshirts for sale on the site…albeit overpriced. But talk to Lily, she’ll design ’em for all of us.


4 Responses to “the dudesons”

  1. RIITTA said

    what night is this now on, Use to check it out Thursday..seems to have disppeared …does anyone know ??tx

  2. Riita said

    Hei Riita!
    The Dudeson’s used to be on Spike TV but the show is no longer on the air. Hopefully those wacky Finns will be back on Spike in the fall line up. We should all write to Spike TV requesting a new season. Here in Winnipeg we got a big kick out of the show!

  3. djskip said

    from my local paper, enjoy!

    Finnish business learning our way
    Rotary Club program benefits everyone
    Oct 11, 2006
    Patrick Mangion, Staff Writer

    Jorma Kinnunen’s outstretched arms at the boardroom table demonstrates the wide-ranging differences between two hockey-crazed nations.
    “There are many differences between our societies. Which way is better?” he asked rhetorically.

    Mr. Kinnunen, 55, led a team of four businesspeople from Finland as part of an exchange program through Rotary International.

    After exchanges with groups from the United Kingdom, Mexico and Denmark the past few years, Newmarket’s Rotary Club gave the Finnish group a send off this weekend following a four-week visit.

    The Finns, including an electronics engineer, pulp and paper industrialist, human resources specialist and a counsellor for special needs students, toured communities across Ontario.

    In what was their first visit to Canada, the professionals explored business opportunities and took in some Canadian culture along the way, including a junior hockey game and trip to the Rogers Centre.

    They also squeezed in a visit to the United States and even their short time on the other side of the border highlighted the differences between us and our southern neighbours.

    “Canadians are much friendlier,” Mr. Kinnunen said.

    “You’re more like Europeans than Americans.”

    The global exchange program has been running strong through Rotary International for 40 years, said Dave Morrison, head of marketing at the Newmarket branch.

    “It’s geared not just at Rotary Club members, but people who apply from the business community,” he said.

    After stops in Cobourg, Whitby and Niagara Falls, Team Finland spent the final days of the trip in York Region, including a stop at Applanix in Richmond Hill.

    The trip, which is partially subsidized by Rotary International, is intended to highlight how business is conducted in Canada while presenting opportunities for future business deals.

    For instance, Jari Kerttula, 38, is an electronics engineer specializing in medical imaging. He visited hospitals during his stay and now sees an opportunity to do business in Canada.

    “I’ve been getting to know the country and the people here. Maybe in a year or so, I’ll come back and work here,” Mr. Kerttula said.

    Next May, Finland is expected to host a Canadian team of business professionals.

    For more information about the Group Study Exchange, visit

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