Finland’s centenary of independence is being celebrated on 6th of December
Finland's centenary of independence is being celebrated on 6th of December
The centenary of Finland's independence culminates on Finland's Independence Day, 6 December 2017. The story of the 100-year-old Finland is extraordinary and rests on the values cherished by the Finns: democracy, education, equality and freedom of speech. The celebrations will take place throughout Finland as well as in more than 100 countries on all the continents.
Finland's Independence Day, 6 December, will be preceded by both traditional and new festivities over several days. Most of the official celebrations will take place in the capital city, Helsinki, but there will be many other unique moments all over Finland. The Finnish flag will fly for two consecutive days, and the whole country will be illuminated with blue and white lights, the colours of Finland. Special monuments and locations, e.g. an entire fell, Saana in Lapland, will be lit up.
Many joyful festivities will bring people together. As the Finns are the biggest coffee drinkers in the world, the whole country will gather to enjoy birthday coffee to honour the 100-year-old Finland.
The nation's favourite sport, ice hockey, will be celebrated at an outdoor stadium in the heart of Helsinki, specially built for the occasion.
Abroad, all the Finnish embassies will host an Independence Day reception and Finnish communities around the world will have their own celebrations.
Halton congratulates 100-year-old Finland on the 6th of December.