Blue and white light will shine in Finland and abroad
Finland celebrates 100 years of independence on 6 December. The centenary has been celebrated throughout the year on every continent, in more than 100 countries. Several countries are taking part in the celebrations 5-6 December by illuminating central and symbolic buildings and venues with blue and white light. The Finnish Broadcasting Company will air the unforgettable moments from the illuminated venues on different channels.
The enthusiasm to illuminate iconic buildings and venues with blue and white light has now spread from Finland to many other countries. For example, Niagara Falls in Canada; the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden; the Colosseum in Rome, Italy; Belém Tower in Lisbon, Portugal; and Castle Fortaleza in Maputo, Mozambique will be lit up with blue and white light.
New venues are still popping up. A list covering dozens of different illuminated venues will be published next week.
“It’s fantastic to witness how many friends Finland has all over the world, and how many people want to take part in this special moment,” says Pekka Timonen, General Secretary of the Centenary of Finland’s Independence, at the Prime Minister’s Office. “Many of the venues that will be lit up are historic and internationally significant places, where Finns and friends of Finland can feel proud of being Finnish and celebrate the centenary.”
Illuminating iconic venues will spotlight Finland’s 100th birthday internationally. The concept was created in cooperation with the Finland 100 secretariat, part of the Prime Minister’s Office; and with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and its embassy network.
“Illuminating venues with blue and white light makes Finland stand out in a new way,” says Petri Salo, Finland 100 Ambassador at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. “This has been a great effort from our embassies around the world, and I want to send my warmest regards to everyone who has been involved.”
Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, will air the unforgettable moments from the illuminated venues on TV, stream them online on Yle Areena, and post them on social media starting on 5 December, the eve of Independence Day.
“It is wonderful gesture for our nation and also a great demonstration of cooperation and respect between different countries,” says Marko Krapu, Executive Producer at Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company.
The centenary has become the richest and most versatile programme of all time in Finland, and provides a great overview of the nation today. As many as 5,000 different projects have been included in the open centenary programme, with an especially strong presence of culture, nature and history, as well as the spirit of doing good for each other and for the future of Finland. The magnitude of the programme is also exceptional internationally.