Finnish crime series, Deadwind, takes country by storm

We always like to keep an eye out across the Scandinavian and Nordic countries for the potential next big crime hits, and news reaches us of a new Finnish series called Deadwind that has been a huge success in its own country. More news after the jump…

This is the lowdown:

When Sofia Karppi, a detective in her 30s who is trying to get over her husband’s death, discovers the body of a young woman on a construction site, she triggers a chain of events that threatens to destroy her life all over again. Struggling to be both the single mom her two grieving teenagers need and the brave detective she must be to solve the case, she can’t help but identify with the young victim and put her life at risk.

Here’s a trailer:

Nordiskfilmfond reports:

The first of 12 episodes had 462,000 viewers and a share of 24.9 per cent when it was launched on the Finnish pubcaster, and combined numbers for free TV and online climbed to 800,000 during the weekend.

Producer Riina Hyytiä said: ”It’s super great to see that the show we’ve been working on for so many years, has made its way to so many viewers. People want to discuss the story on Twitter and Facebook and all those conversations ad meaning to our work.”

Deadwind was directed by Rike Jokela, who co-wrote it with Jari Olavi Rantala and Kirsi Porkka. The trio was nominated in Göteborg for the 2018 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize-Best Nordic Screenplay.

Black Widows’ Pihla Viitala plays detective Sofia Karppi, who has just lost her husband and has to raise her two kids on her own. Back at work, her first assignment is to investigate the murder of a young woman, found on a construction site.

Looks good and sounds interesting. Let’s hope it makes its way over to the UK soon.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Seija says:

    Deadwind is good. I’ve only seen the first two episodes, which I liked, and keep hearing it will get better and better as the story unfolds. Here is another trailer with English subs:


    1. Patty C. says:

      Thank you for the English language link, Seija – this does look good. Hope it gets to the UK and USA.


      1. Seija says:

        You’re welcome, Patty C. I hope that in the wake of Bordertown/Sorjonen (which has series 2 starting on 14 October here) this new Finnish detective show Deadwind/Karppi will be seen on Netflix or similar. Let’s keep our fingers crossed :)


    2. Charlotte Carling says:

      Hej Seija. Thanks for the longer trailer. A bit disappointing to see that none of the other Nordics are involved in this. I just finished watching danish Liberty and all the major 5 helped fund it. I wonder if Karppi will be broadcast over here or maybe go to Netflix or similar. I’ll have to keep my eyes open…


      1. Seija says:

        Yes, it would seem that Finland is teaming up with European production companies quite often (Deadwind and the upcoming Arctic Circle among others). I suppose it is because the international distribution channels are readily and more easily available in that way?
        Anyway, Deadwind is getting acclaim of all sorts, for example, from the seller (obviously;) “The crime show Deadwind is tagged… as “the best show coming out of Finland in years and the proof that Finland is ‘taking off’ creatively.” (


      2. Charlotte Carling says:

        Fair play to YLE for finding good partners in getting their series to a wider market. Yes, there does seem to be more interest recently and with successes on Netflix etc. there will be more funding for other projects.

        Interesting article.


  2. Patty C. says:

    Yes indeed, Seija. I love seeing other countries and hearing other languages. So many high quality shows and talented actors & production talent.


  3. Seija says:

    FYI, it seems that Deadwind has been sold for distribution in countries like France and Germany (, and that the writers are working on series 2.


    1. Paul Hirons says:

      Ooo, kiitos Seija! Will write this up


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