Finlandia Prize 2020 Winner Predictions in Fiction and Nonfiction


Posted: November 23, 2020

Updated: November 23, 2020

  • Finlandia Prize is the most prestigious literary award in the country
  • In 2020, the Finlandia Prize is going to be the most unpredictable
  • Bet on possible winners in the Fiction and Nonfiction categories
The 2010 winner signing his books – Image source: Anneli Salo, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Finlandia Prize 2020 winner predictions are finally out. With the award ceremony coming soon, bookworms have limited time to pick their favorites from the list of nominees. Who has the best chances to win awards in the Fiction and Nonfiction categories this year?

The Finlandia Prize is the most prestigious award in literature in Finland. It was launched by the Finnish Book Foundation in 1984 and was initially awarded to authors writing in Finnish or Swedish and of Finnish citizenship. Nowadays, everyone has a chance to receive the prize and €30,000 as a prize pool. It is an honor for every author to receive the Finlandia Prize award. Let’s check this year’s nominees in two main categories and betting odds at online gambling sites in Finland.

The 2020 Finlandia Prize betting odds in fiction

This year, there are six strong nominees for the Finlandia Prize in fiction. This is also the main nomination at the Finnish literary award. In past years, such authors as Olli Jalonen, Laura Lindstedt, Bo Carpelan, and Helena Sinervo got this award. Let’s see who is nominated and has the best chances to win in 2020.

  • Tommi Kinnunen – 2.75
  • Heikki Kännö – 3.00
  • Ritva Hellsten – 4.00
  • Anni Kytomaki – 5.00
  • Anne Vuori-Kemilä – 8.00
  • Ann-Luise Bertell – 11.00

According to the 22Bet Sportsbook odds, Tommi Kinnunen is the main favorite to become the Finlandia Prize 2020 winner. His novel “Ei kertonut katuvansa” (Not Telling His Regret) follows the events of the Lapland War. It was highly rated by critics and had a commercial success among readers. As for now, the book has sold more than 40,000 copies worldwide. Therefore, he is the main leader in the Finnish literary award race. Heikki Kännö follows him with 3.00 odds – you can wager on his detective novel “Runoilija” (“Poet”).

Finlandia Prize 2020 winner
Tommi Kinnunen and Marjo Heiskanen – Image source: Aboa, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Who will be the Finlandia Prize 2020 winner in nonfiction?

Besides the Best Fiction award, there are several secondary nominations at Finlandia Prize. They include the Finlandia Junior Award rewarding young authors and Tieto-Finlandia Award for the best nonfiction. To see who can receive the prize in the last category, check the official list of nominees. To join betting on the Finlandia Prize 2020 winner either in nonfiction or fiction, visit 22Bet Sportsbook.

  • Marko Tikka & Seija-Leena Nevala – 2.75
  • Juha Taskinen – 3.24
  • Leena Malkki – 3.74
  • Jussi Pullinen – 4.50
  • Timo R. Stewart – 6.00
  • Marjatta Sarpaneva – 9.00

As it is clear from betting odds at online sportsbooks in Finland, the competition in this category will be tough. Four authors have quite good chances to win the 2020 Finlandia Prize for nonfiction. Apparently, Marko Tikka and Seija-Leena Nevala have the best odds of winning thanks to their book “Tanssin kieltämisen historia Suomessa 1888–1948”. It highlights the period in Finland during the war years when dancing was illegal in all its forms.

Another nominee with good winning chances is Juha Taskinen and his “Jää hyvin, saimaannorppa”. This book tells about the life of seals and their caretakers including the author himself. As for now, Taskinen’s work is a bestseller with plenty of enthusiastic reviews from critics and readers. No wonder that it is also likely to win the main literary prize in Finland. 

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