Finland Stamp showing Pesapallo

Euro Baseball

Scandinavian Baseball (Pesapallo, Brännboll) are Baseball games that are closer to Rounders than the Modern American Sport, and although Pesapallo (Finland’s National Sport) has been modernised a great deal, the other Scandinavian versions of the sport (e.g. Brännboll) are very much still traditional sports like Rounders and would undoubtedly have the same roots.

Finnish Pesäpallo

Pesäpallo is the Finnish version of Baseball and is their National Sport. It has an unusual form of pitching and players run zig-zags through bases. There is a game played on their National Holiday every year at the Finnish Embassy in Ireland.

Here is a Video of the sport from the New York Times, as shared by the Irish-Finnish Society on Facebook [Accessed 27 June 2019]

FINLAND – CIRCA 1995: a stamp printed in the Finland shows Paivi Ikola, Pesapallo Player, National Sport of Finland, circa 1995


Pesäpallo (Finland)

Pessapallo (Finland); Brannboll (Denmark)

Finnish Pesäpallo Super Pesis:

Finnish Pesäpallo Super Pesis:

Irish Pesäpallo Matches

Pesapallo on Independence Day at the Finnish Embassy in Ireland 6 December

Swedish Brännboll

Brännboll is a traditional Swedish game similar to Baseball and Rounders. The Brännboll Cup, sometimes known as Brännboll World Cup is held every year at the Brännbollsryan Music Festival at Umea, the largest Music Fesitival in Northern Sweden.

The Church in Umea, Sweden in spring with a clear blue sky. Image ID: 126572251 Copyright: emmoth [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 25 March 2022]

Brännboll World Cup

Final 2019: Salming 74 Burnouts 72