Finland’s centenary of independence
The centenary of Finland’s independence culminates in Finland’s Independence Day, on 6 December. The celebrations start on Independence Day Eve, on Tuesday 5 December.
Here you can see sample events of the Finland’s centenary of independence 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.
5.12. at 6 pm The official opening ceremony of the Independence Day celebrations in Helsinki. The Independence Day celebrations start at the Market Square with an installation of one hundred flags of Finland. The ceremony will be attended by the President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö, Speaker of the Parliament Maria Lohela, and Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. The ceremony will be opened by President Niinistö.
It’s time to fly the Finnish flag! On Independence Day Eve, on 5.12. at 6 pm, the Finnish flag will be flown in every Finnish flagpole. The flagging continues overnight until Independence Day evening, 6.12. The flag should be lit during the night.
5.12. and 6.12. at 5 pm Rapids shows by Imatra and Fortum. Imatra and Fortum provide two rapids shows in honour of Finland’s centenary. The blue and white rapids shows take place on Independence Day Eve and on Independence Day at 5 pm.
5.12. at 5 pm Fire and illumination at the Olympic Stadium. A fire will be lit in the original olympic bowl from 1952. The fire will be lit from 5 to 7 pm. The Stadium tower will also be lit in blue and white colours.
5-6.12. Two-day-long independence celebration takes place in Koli, in the Province of Northern Karelia.
5.12. at 6.30 pm. Helsinki Ice Challenge: jubilee match IFK vs. Kärpät. 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 IFK celebrates its 120th anniversary with a match against Oulu’s Kärpät. The match is played in an outdoor ice arena in Kaisaniemi, Helsinki.
5.12. at 7 pm Kainuu gala in Kajaani. Kainuu gala in Kajaani will feature a concert piece by Satu Simola. There will be around 200 singers, 200 dancers and an orchestra of 50 people on stage. The orchestra will be led by Ari Tamminen.
5.12. at 7 pm. A hundred years of major and minor. The Finnish National Opera celebrates the centenary of Finland’s independence. A good time for all is guaranteed by familiar songs, popular soloists, Finland’s only professional chorus, a top-notch orchestra and the dancers of the Finnish National Ballet.
5.12. from 7.30 to 11.30 pm Finland 100 dance in Loviisa sports hall. Music by Loviisa Big Band & Lovisette and Merciless Rockers. The evening ends with a fireworks show around 11.45 pm. The event is free of charge.
5.12. Pre-parties in libraries across Finland. Libraries throughout Finland are inviting everyone to enjoy a pre-party on 5.12. Everyone is welcome, the young and the old, and those who were born and bred here just as well those who have arrived in Finland later. Take a look at the list of libraries organising pre-parties.
5.12. at 8 pm MTV and Mediahub Helsinki are celebrating the 100-year-old Finland by producing a grand pre-party TV broadcast. The live television gala entails corporate partners, such as Alko, Elisa, Finnair, Lidl and UPM, and tells how these partners have celebrated Finland’s big year with good deeds.
5.12. at 9 pm Preparty of the century by Yle, the Finnish Broadcastin Company. A studio in front of the Presidential Palace will be filled with music, sports, evening dresses, light art, and conversations about the 100-year-old Finland.
5.12. at 9 pm Pre-parties in karaoke bars across Finland. On Independence Day Eve, all karaoke bars in Finland are invited to take up the challenge and participate in an event to join in singing two well-known, old hit songs celebrating Finland and being a Finn, with the backing of karaoke arrangements: Sininen ja valkoinen (Blue and White) and Olen suomalainen (I’m a Finn).
6.12. at 10 am Jubilee church services. Several churches across Finland start their services by choirs singing Sibelius’ Finlandia. Helsinki Cathedral’s jubilee service at 12 pm.
On 6.12. at forenoon Honorary guards on different cemeteries across Finland. On Independence Day we’ll honour the ones who secured Finland’s independence. On cemeteries around Finland, persons with the same age as the deceased will stand on every grave of the servicemen and women who died in Finland’s wars. Honorary guards will be set up in different cities.
6.12. at 12.30 pm Independence Day celebrations in Kouvola. The celebrations start with a jubilee church service in the Central Church of Kouvola at 10 am and with an honorary guard in Lääninpuisto. The day continues with an Independence Day party at the City Hall, which will be broadcast live. The fireworks show starts at 4.30 pm.
6.12. at 1:30 pm The Multicultural Independence Day celebration will be held at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki. Mrs. Jenni Haukio acts as the honoray guardian of the celebration.
6.12. at 1 pm Lahti arranges jubilee celebration at Sibeliustalo.
6.12. at 2 pm A hundred years of major and minor. The Finnish National Opera celebrates the centenary of Finland’s independence. A good time for all is guaranteed by familiar songs, popular soloists, Finland’s only professional chorus, a top-notch orchestra and the dancers of the Finnish National Ballet.
6.12. at 2 pm Finland sjunger 100 år. Finlands svenska sång- och musikförbund (FSSMF) arranges sing-along events around Western Finland, where people sing in tune Finnish classic songs, such as, Vårt land, Suomis sång, Finlandia and Modersmålets sång in Swedish.
6.12. from 2 pm to 5 pm Children’s Independence Day ball in Tampere. Finland’s independence is celebrated in an event suitable for the whole family.
6.12. from 2.30 pm to 4 pm Espoo’s Independence Day concert at Metro-Areena. The event is open for everyone and free of charge.
6.12. from 3 pm to 5 pm Vantaa’s Independence Day jubilee concert at Energia-Areena. The event is open for everyone and free of charge.
6.12. at 3 pm Experience Ajankulkue parade in Oulu. The parade tells the stories of 100-year-old Finland and Oulu.
6.12. at 6 pm Finland one hundred years dance in Pietarsaari. The music school of Pietarsaari area celebrates the 100-year-old Finland with an Independence Day dance at Campus Allegro. The event is created by students from all of the school’s four degree programmes: visual arts, dance, music, and theatre. Pietarsaari Sinfonietta will also perform at the dance.
Independence Day celebration in Tampere on 6.12. at 5 pm.
Light installation Luminous creates blue and white light in Turku castle in Turku 5–6.12. During the evening, YLE is sending out its traditional Independence Day broadcast on 6.12.
6.12. at 8.15 pm Finland 100 fireworks show in Kuopio. The Independence Day programme in Kuopio will end with a Finland 100 fireworks show in Kauppatori.
Students’ Independence Day parade in Helsinki on 6.12.
The Independence Day Reception of the President of the Republic on 6.12. The reception can be followed through YLE’s different channels.
Finland’s centenary of independence evening climaxes with a fireworks show over Helsinki city centre on 6.12. around 10 pm. The fireworks show will be broadcasted live on television.