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Throwing pin (mölkky), about to hit target pins

Mölkky (Finnish: [ˈmœlkːy]) is a Finnish throwing game invented by Tuoterengas company in 1996. It is reminiscent of kyykkä, a centuries-old throwing game with Karelian roots. However, mölkky does not require as much physical strength as kyykkä, and is more suitable for everyone regardless of age and condition. Mölkky requires no special equipment and success is based on a combination of chance and skill. Tuoterengas has sold nearly 200,000 sets in Finland. Tuoterengas owns the Mölkky-trademark.


Position of the pins for a new game

The players use a wooden pin (also called "mölkky") to try to knock over wooden pins (also called "skittles") of almost similar dimensions with the throwing pin, which are marked with numbers from 1 to 12. The pins are initially placed in a tight group in an upright position 3–4 metres away from the throwing place, with the pins organized as follows: 1st row, 1/2; 2nd row, 3/10/4; 3rd row, 5/11/12/6; 4th row, 7/9/8. Knocking over one pin scores the amount of points marked on the pin. Knocking 2 or more pins scores the number of pins knocked over (e.g., knocking over 3 pins scores 3 points). A pin does not count if it is leaning on the mölkky or one of the numbered pins (it must be parallel to the ground to count). After each throw, the pins are stood up again in the exact location where they landed. The first one to reach exactly 50 points wins the game. Scoring more than 50 will be penalised by setting the player's score back to 25 points. A player will be eliminated from the game if they miss all of the target pins three times in a row.

Organizations and competitions

Smite & Scattles, UK created versions of Mölkky

The Finnish championships for mölkky have been organised in Lahti since 1997 by the union of youth clubs in Southern Tavastia. The technology students in Tampere organised world championships in academic mölkky in 2001. The Finnish Mölkky Union has been formed to promote the game and its subculture. An Australian Championship is planned for 2010.

There are several companies selling their own branded versions of the game in Australia under names such as Finska and Klop.

The first world championship (2014) was organized in Tampere, Finland.

The current world champion is Maxence Mosco & Clemence Albinet on grass floor (French National Champion 2013, 2014 & 2015).

External links

  • Finnish International Mölkky Association web site (in Finnish)
  • Tuoterengas (in Finnish)
  • Slovak Mölkky Association (in Slovak)
  • French Mölkky Association (in French)
  • Japan Mölkky Association
  • Czech Mölkky Association
  • SMS Södertälje Mölkky Sällskap, Sweden Association(in Swedish)
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