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Feet firmly on the ground
In the spring, the centenary programme is highlighting Finland’s strengths, such as equality and democracy. In March, these themes have been already been to the fore, particularly through International Women’s Day, Minna Canth Day, and the Democracy Weeks held at the end of the month.
In April, Finnish democracy will be celebrated once again, when we grown-ups visit the local government ballot box – hopefully in high numbers! Finland will soon have been a democratic state continuously for one hundred years, which is a rare achievement throughout the world.
It is agreeable to note how many of the centenary projects are indeed connected with the strengths of our society. And this is not simply a case of celebratory speeches or praising achievements made. Numerous projects are aimed at making the one-hundred-year-old Finland into an even better country for us all. This is one of the greatest things that the independence centenary can give us – the enthusiasm and belief that together we can influence and change Finland for the better.
One of our strengths is a dynamic business sector. We have received an excellent indication of this through the businesses that have become architects of the centenary year. Hundreds of businesses are involved within the framework of commercial and non-commercial cooperation. The centenary year is a celebration of Finnish entrepreneurship.
As General Secretary, each week it is my pleasure and honour to visit diverse events in different parts of Finland. Finland 100 flags are now flying in every part of the country! On these trips, I also get to see the wide range of Finnish strengths – and to taste each region’s own delightful flavours. From Joensuu, I happily headed for home holding a package of oven-hot, delicious Karelian pasties – many thanks to the bakers!
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.