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We are being watched… but in a good way
The first few weeks of the centenary have already shown that this year will be something special. We are receiving messages from all over Finland reporting excellent turnout and great atmosphere at Finland 100 events. And the programme is expanding by the minute. Working together has immense power.
News about our centenary programme is travelling far beyond our borders. While we were positive that Finland’s 100th anniversary would attract global interest, we have still been surprised by just how much. Since the centenary was launched on New Year’s Eve, Finland has received great publicity and we are being watched – in a good way! The stream of films, discussions, concerts, exhibitions and many other events has got off to a much busier start than anticipated, including abroad. The international media has repeatedly ranked Finland as one of the key destinations to travel to this year.
Finland has featured widely in European capitals and major cities, such as Berlin, Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Warsaw, Oslo, Gothenburg, and even in Antarctica, where an expedition christened a mountain as Mount Finland.
The centenary is a unique opportunity to talk about Finland and Finnishness with domestic and international audiences. We have a great story to share with the whole world. Finland is a world leader according to series of indicators measuring the fairness, functionality and equality in society and we are known for being exceptionally uncorrupted as a country. What’s not to love!
The next major event to turn the international gaze on Finland takes place next week, when the 100th FIS Nordic Ski World Championships begin in Lahti. In addition to hundreds of thousands of spectators and guests, Lahti will also be hosting more than a thousand members of the media from Finland and abroad. The 100th anniversary of the host country will feature strongly and, besides sports, the event will offer a wide range of Finland-themed experiences. One interesting – and somehow so very Finnish – competition will be held by the barbecue; the Lahti Nordic Ski Championships will be the venue for an attempt to break the world record for the Longest Team Barbecue Marathon. Make your way to Lahti to cheer us on!
Hope you enjoy your winter days celebrating with us in Finland or abroad!
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 in a joint effort by all Finns and friends of Finland, at home and abroad.