Netflix acquires Finnish series Bordertown for global broadcast; names transmission date

Bordertown (Sorjonen): Kari Sorjonen (Ville Virtanen) ©Fisher King Production 2016
© Fisher King Production 2016

Thanks to our lovely Finnish reader Seija, I now know when and where I’ll be able to watch Finnish series Bordertown. I’ve been keeping my eye on the series ever since it was announced – despite the boom in Scandinavian and Nordic crime drama, Finnish output has been scarce. I have a soft spot for the country and want it to join the crime drama party, so when Bordertown was announced I was eager to see it. Thankfully we’ll all now get the chance.

Created by Miikko Oikkonen, the story goes something a bit like this: Detective Inspector Kari Sorjonen (Ville Virtanen) is one of the most respected officers at the National Bureau of Investigation in Finland. When his wife barely survives brain cancer, Sorjonen decides to take his family to an idyllic small town near the border of Russia, to live a quiet peaceful life. But how peaceful is life on the border between two worlds? Judging the nature of the show and the relationship between Finland and Russia, not too peaceful.

I was kind of hoping that the BBC would pick it up for its BBC4, 9pm Saturday-night slot, but alas… instead Netflix has acquired the 11-part series, to start streaming on 31st March.

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Seija says:

    Cheers, Paul!

    Here’s another good article on the subject of Sorjonen/Bordertown


  2. Sharon says:

    Hooked is another good Finnish series.


    1. Seija says:


      series 2 of Hooked is being filmed as I write this. It will be shown in Finland in early 2019 so you may expect it on your choice of streaming platform later that year?


      1. Sharon says:

        Seija, thank you! That’s good to know. I will be looking forward to it!


  3. sheltiegirl29 says:

    I hope Netflix US gets it too! It sounds great!


    1. Paul Hirons says:

      Yep, Netflix US has it too!


      1. Carla palau says:

        Any more Scandinavian series on Netflix we should be looking out for? We loved “the break!”


  4. Sara Latham says:

    Just started watching this, quite intruiging so far…..🙂


  5. Christine Mayron says:

    outstanding series! Please give us more!!


  6. Lyzz says:

    You are in for such a treat! I love Kari and his quirks! I was actually hoping that you were announcing a Bordertown 2. It would be criminal not to extend this great ensemble. Enjoy!

    PS I’ve watched this on US Netflix (Texas) about a month ago.


  7. Seija says:

    Sorjonen/Bordertown 2 starts in Finland on 14 October, and I think/hope it will be on Netflix quite soon after that? Anyway, while you wait here’s the first trailer with English subs that I found for it:


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