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Independence Day 2019

Fri  – 23:59

Senate Square, Senaatintori, Helsinki

Finland is celebrating the Independence Day on 6th December which is the declaration day of Finland's independence from Russia in 1917.

Official Independence Day festivities will start with the raising of the Finnish flag on Tähtitorninmäki Hill.

The traditional torchlight procession by students will stroll along the streets in the city centre and wreaths will be placed on war graves.

The festivities begin with the placing of wreaths at Sankariristi at the Hietaniemi cemetery at 16.00.

The procession starts off from the Hietaniemi Chapel at the cemetery at around 17.00, and its route is as follows: Hietaniemenkatu – Arkadiankatu – Pohjoisesplanadi – Presidential Palace – Mariankatu – Aleksanterinkatu – Senate Square. The President of the Republic will greet the procession from the Palace balcony.

A public celebration is held at the Senate Square from around 17.55-18.15. The programme will include choral singing and the speeches of Mayor Jan Vapaavuori and representatives of the student unions.

The event is open to everyone, and you can join the procession even if you do not belong to any student organisation.

In the evening, the Presidential Independence Day reception will be held for invited guests at the Presidential Palace.


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