Finland’s centenary of independence
The centenary of Finland’s independence culminates in Finland’s Independence Day, on 6 December. The celebrations start on Independence Day Eve, on Tuesday 5 December, and take place in Finland as well as abroad.
Here you can see sample events of the Finland’s centenary of independence programme. Additional information is available on the Finland 100 events calendar, from project presentations and directly from event organisers. Changes to the programme are possible. The data has been reported by the programme projects themselves; Finland 100 is not responsible for their accuracy.
The official opening ceremony of the Independence Day celebrations in Helsinki on 5.12. at 6 pm. The Independence Day celebrations start at the Market Square when blue and white lights are lit.
It’s time to fly the Finnish flag! On Independence Day Eve, on 5.12. at 6 pm, the Finnish flag will be flown in every Finnish flagpole. The flagging continues overnight until Independence Day evening, 6.12. The flag should be lit during the night.
5-6.12. Two-day-long independence celebration takes place in Koli, in the Province of Northern Karelia.
Helsinki Ice Challenge: jubilee match IFK vs. Kärpät on 5.12. at 6:30 pm. Helsinki Ice Challenge celebrates Finland’s 100th anniversary as an independent state and IFK’s 120th and Jokerit’s 50th anniversaries. Helsinki’s ice hockey team IFK celebrates its 120th anniversary with a match against Oulu’s Kärpät. The match is played in an outdoor ice arena in Kaisaniemi, Helsinki.
A hundred years of major and minor. The Finnish National Opera celebrates the centenary of Finland’s independence on 5.12. at 7 pm. A good time for all is guaranteed by familiar songs, popular soloists, Finland’s only professional chorus, a top-notch orchestra and the dancers of the Finnish National Ballet.
Pre-parties in libraries across Finland. Libraries throughout Finland are inviting everyone to enjoy a pre-party on 5.12. Everyone is welcome, the young and the old, and those who were born and bred here just as well those who have arrived in Finland later.
MTV and Mediahub Helsinki are celebrating the 100-year-old Finland by producing a grand pre-party TV broadcast on 5.12. The live television gala entails corporate partners, such as Alko, Elisa, Finnair, Lidl and UPM, and tells how these partners have celebrated Finland’s big year with good deeds.
Pre-parties in karaoke bars across Finland on 5.12. at 9 pm. On Independence Day Eve, all karaoke bars in Finland are invited to take up the challenge and participate in an event to join in singing two well-known, old hit songs celebrating Finland and being a Finn, with the backing of karaoke arrangements: Sininen ja valkoinen (Blue and White) and Olen suomalainen (I’m a Finn).
Jubilee church services on 6.12. at 10 am. Several churches across Finland start their services by choirs singing Sibelius’ Finlandia. Helsinki Cathedral’s jubilee service at 12 pm.
On 6.12. at forenoon Honorary guards on different cemeteries across Finland. On Independence Day we’ll honour the ones who secured Finland’s independence. On cemeteries around Finland, persons with the same age as the deceased will stand on every grave of the servicemen and women who died in Finland’s wars. Honorary guards will be set up in different cities.
The Defence Forces’ Independence Day parade of 2017 will be arranged in Kuopio on 6.12. at 1 pm.
The Multicultural Independence Day celebration will be held at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki on 6.12. at 1:30 pm. Mrs. Jenni Haukio acts as the honoray guardian of the celebration.
Lahti arranges jubilee celebration at Sibeliustalo in Lahti on 6.12. at 1 pm.
A hundred years of major and minor. The Finnish National Opera celebrates the centenary of Finland’s independence on 6.12. at 2 pm. A good time for all is guaranteed by familiar songs, popular soloists, Finland’s only professional chorus, a top-notch orchestra and the dancers of the Finnish National Ballet.
Finland sjunger 100 år on 6.12. at 2 pm. Finlands svenska sång- och musikförbund (FSSMF) arranges sing-along events around Western Finland, where people sing in tune Finnish classic songs, such as, Vårt land, Suomis sång, Finlandia and Modersmålets sång in Swedish.
Children’s Independence Day ball in Tampere on 6.12. from 2 pm to 5 pm. Finland’s independence is celebrated in an event suitable for the whole family.
Espoo’s Independence Day concert on 6.12. from 2:30 pm to 4 pm at Metro-Areena. The event is open for everyone and free of charge.
Vantaa’s Independence Day jubilee concert on 6.12. from 3 pm to 5 pm at Energia-Areena. The event is open for everyone and free of charge.
Experience Ajankulkue parade in Oulu on 6.12. at 4 pm. The parade tells the stories of 100-year-old Finland and Oulu.
Independence Day celebration in Tampere on 6.12. at 5 pm.
Light installation Luminous creates blue and white light in Turku castle in Turku 5–6.12. During the evening, YLE is sending out its traditional Independence Day broadcast on 6.12.
Students’ Independence Day parade in Helsinki on 6.12.
The Independence Day Reception of the President of the Republic on 6.12. The reception can be followed through YLE’s different channels.
Finland’s centenary of independence evening climaxes with a fireworks show over Helsinki city centre on 6.12. around 10 pm. The fireworks show will be broadcasted live on television.