Markus Hanski, a 26-year-old sales negotiator from Oulu, was a contestant on the 2016 spring season of the Finnish version of the show on March 12 and March 19, 2016. He walked away with €5,000, having decided to walk away in the ninth question.

His run was shot in the January of 2016.


Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First Question
Put these wars in the order of event starting with the earliest.
• A: Winter War • B: Continuation War
• C: Cudgel War • D: Lapland War
From the 6 contestants, only Petteri Sääskilahti (with a time of 7.39 seconds) answered correctly C-A-B-D, making it into the Hot Seat.

Fastest Finger First Question
Arrange the following cities by population from the biggest to the smallest.
• A: Imatra • B: Helsinki
• C: Pori • D: Oulu
From the 5 remaining contestants, everyone got it right, but Markus (with a time of 2.97 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-D-C-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

Markus's Run to the Million Edit

€100 (1 of 15) - Not timed
Used in dramatic art, what does the word 'monologi' (monologue) mean?
• A: Overture • B: Conductor
• C: Speaking alone • D: Intermission

€300 (2 of 15) - Not timed
The Tour de France race is ridden with what?
• A: Cars • B: Bicycles
• C: Skateboards • D: Scooters
Richard Wanamo was asked the same question in the December of 1999. After this question, the klaxon called time, and Markus returned in the next episode.

€500 (3 of 15) - Not timed
Jouni Hynynen is a founding member of what band?
• A: Teräsbetoni • B: Uniklubi
• C: Kotiteollisuus • D: Nightwish

€700 (4 of 15) - Not timed
Vestibular system (literally 'balance organ' in Finnish) is located where in the body?
'Ask 3 of the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Ear • B: Heel
• C: Knee • D: Heart
Markus thought the answer cannot be A: Ear, because "I don't balance with my ears". The host, Jaajo Linnonmaa, asked if the audience members "who are now balancing on their asses" would know the answer. Then Markus decided to use 'Ask 3 of the Audience' lifeline and picked three people from the audience to help him. They all said the answer is A: Ear. Markus went with them, and they won a gift card of Scandic Hotels for answering correctly.

€1,000 (5 of 15) - Not timed
Who wrote a significant piece of Finnish literature, 'Seitsemän veljestä' (The Seven Brothers)?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Aleksis Kivi • B: Väinö Linna
• C: Ilmari Kianto • D: Mika Waltari
Markus phoned his boss. At first, the boss teased Markus a little bit, not wanting to give Markus an answer right away. The boss said the answer is Aleksis Kivi, so Markus went with him and guaranteed €1,000.

€2,000 (6 of 15) - Not timed
What is a haiku?
• A: Nomadic tribe • B: Traditional food of Patagonia
• C: Genus of parrots • D: Japanese poem

€3,000 (7 of 15) - Not timed
What country won the 1998 FIFA World Cup?
• A: Brazil • B: The Netherlands
• C: Germany • D: France
€5,000 (8 of 15) - Not timed
Who became the Finnish prime minister after Jyrki Katainen in the June of 2014?
• A: Juha Sipilä • B: Matti Vanhanen
• C: Alexander Stubb • D: Mari Kiviniemi

€7,000 (9 of 15) - Not timed
Who is the female star in the drama film 'Kätilö', directed by Antti J. Jokinen?
• A: Ulla Tapaninen • B: Krista Kosonen
• C: Iina Kuustonen • D: Pirjo Heikkilä
Markus decided to walk away. If he had went for it, he would have said C: Iina Kuustonen. The right answer was B: Krista Kosonen.
Preceded by
Petteri Sääskilahti
Finnish contestant (2016 spring season)
Markus Hanski
Succeeded by
Joonas Malinen