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Finland’s centenary year launched!
The centenary year is here! New Year’s Eve marked the launch of Finland’s centenary year celebrations. The opening ceremonies were attended by hundreds of thousands of people across Finland and abroad.
The stunning programme and mood of the main event in Helsinki received fantastic media coverage from as far afield as Australia and the United States, and we here in the office have been more than pleased – and amazed – at the positive feedback. The secret of success was simple– we did it together. Over 1,000 volunteers and 300 great performers were involved in the project – not to mention the huge crowds that came to enjoy the festivities. We wish to express our warmest thanks to everybody who joined us for a truly memorable moment!
The diversified centenary year programme has got off to an impressive start. On the sixth of January, an exhibition called Stories of Finnish Art organised by the Ateneum Art Museum opened in Rovaniemi, while Dancing Finland dared us all to step on to the dance floor. A rich exhibition on the works of Wäinö Aaltonen will open in Turku any day now. In February, the Winter Nature Day will serve as a smooth prelude to the FIS World Nordic Ski Championships in Lahti. The Skating Finland event will be staged in no fewer than 70 localities across Finland.
It appears as if the centenary year will prove to be a new beginning and not just for Finland as a nation, but for all of us as individuals. I strongly urge everybody to seize this rare opportunity to experience something new and unique. A year may seem like a long time, but it’s shorter than you think. Enjoy the centenary year!
General Secretary Pekka Timonen heads the Secretariat at the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for coordinating the celebrations for the Centenary Year of Finland’s independence. The celebrations are being organised by all Finns and friends of Finland, at home and abroad.