Finland’s birthday week
Finland’s birthday week starts the Finland’s centenary of independence celebrations. The Finland 100 events start rolling a week before the Independence Day, on 6 December. The birthday week includes numerous acknowledgements to the 100-year-old.
Here you can see sample events of the birthday week 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.
Light installation Luminous creates blue and white light around Finland. Light installation is on show in Olavinlinna, Savonlinna 28–29.11., Näsinneula, Tampere 30.11.–1.12., Kuusisaari, Oulu 2–3.12., Kilpisjärvi, Saana fell 4–5.12., and in Turku castle, Turku 5–6.12.
Finland 100 ice hockey matches around Finland 29.11.-5.12. Fifteen Finland 100 ice hockey matches will be played in honour of the 100-year-old Finland. Every team in the ice hockey league gets to host one Finland 100 match. The judges and several teams will play in special shirts, and jubilee pucks will be used in the matches.
30.11. The inauguration of the Winter War monument. Sculptor Pekka Kauhanen’s national monument will be unveiled in a ceremony at Kasarmitori, Helsinki.
30.11.–1.12. Slush, the leading technology event for growth-oriented entrepreneurs and venture capital investors in Europe, will grow as a globally important forum in Finland’s centenary year 2017.
2.12. at 1 pm Finland 100 campaign by the Finnish Association of the Deaf. The campaign invites everyone to learn Finland’s national anthem, Maamme-laulu, in Finnish Sign Language. The campaign’s highlight takes place on the steps of Helsinki Cathedral on 2 December. The participants will gather together to learn the first verse of Finland’s national anthem in Finnish Sign Language.
2.12. National Finland 100 celebration in Oulu to celebrate the 100-year-old Finland. The programme includes music, dance, circus, and new technology, and the themes of the evening are Finnish nature, intergenerational encounters, and doing things together. The Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle will broadcast the celebration at 7 pm, and the programme can be watched via Yle Areena all over the world.
2.12. at 5 pm. Helsinki Ice Challenge: jubilee match Jokerit vs. SKA. 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 Jokerit celebrates its 50th anniversary with a match against Saint Petersburg’s SKA. The match is played in an outdoor ice arena in Kaisaniemi, Helsinki.
4.12. marks the centenary of the Declaration of Finland’s Independence by Svinhufvud’s Senate. The personnel of the Finnish Government celebrates this historic day together at Finlandia Hall.
5.12. at 12 pm. Parliament’s jubilee session. Parliament’s centenary year climaxes into a jubilee session.
5.12. at 2 pm. Have a coffee break in honour of the 100-year-old. Work places, companies, and communities are encouraged to organise a blue and white coffee break for employees, customers, or friends on Independence Day Eve, Tuesday 5 December at 2 pm. If the afternoon coffee break doesn’t fit your schedule, you can arrange the coffee break at any other time on that day. The shared moment matters the most.
5.12. Finland’s Independence Day celebration for children. National Finland’s Independence Day celebration for children is organised at the House of the Estates in Helsinki and hosted by the Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. Over 600 children, two from each Finnish county, have been invited to celebrate 100-year-old Finland.