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 Pesapallo

Pesapallo 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


Pesapallo (Finland)

Pessapallo (Finland); Brannboll (Denmark)

Finnish Pesapallo Super Pesis:

Finnish Pesapallo Super Pesis:


Irish Pesapallo Matches

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