Finland debuted in the first edition of the contest and has participated in every edition, except #21. The national broadcaster, YLE (Yleisradio), has been organising the Finnish participation since debut.
Finland's best result to date is from the 12th edition, when the country placed 2nd. In the 20th edition however, the country scored its worst result, 7th in the Pre-Qualification Round.
Finland debuted in the first edition, in Budapest, Hungary. Finland's debut was not incredibly successful, as Haloo Helsinki! finished only 12th in the semi-final, failing to qualify. In the second edition, Finland scored much better, finishing in 5th place with Tarja Turunen and "I Walk Alone".
Finland has generally been successful in the contest, with multiple top 10 placements, including in the 2nd, 5th, 10th, 12th and 18th editions. Out of 20 full participations, Finland has qualified to the final 13 times, giving Finland a 65% qualification rate.
In the 20th edition, Finland, for the first time, failed to qualify from the Pre-Qualification Round. Because of this, and other internal problems within YLE, Finland withdrew for the first time in the 21st edition. Despite the withdrawal, Finland is set to make a return in the 22nd edition, taking place in Bulgaria, with a new national selection - Suomalaisen Musiikin Kilpailu.
Finland debuted in the Junior North Vision Song Contest in the 2nd edition (then called Kid's North Vision) and has won the contest twice. In the 2nd edition, Jenni Jaakkola was selected, with the song "Tämä on unta". Unexpectedly, Jenni finished first in the grand final, receiving 116 points. In the 5th edition Finland once again won the contest, with Molly and "If I Ever Grow Up", which scored 155 points.
Finland hosted the contest in the 3rd edition, in Mariehamn, and in the 6th edition, in Helsinki. Despite winning twice, Finland withdrew in the 8th edition and hasn't participated since.