Presidential Palace. Photo: Tuukka Jaromaa

Finland’s independence celebrated on Friday – citizen party on Senate Square

Finland celebrates its independence on Friday 6 December. In Helsinki, the celebrations start with the laying of wreaths in front of the Heroes' Cross at the Hietaniemi Cemetery at 4:00 PM. Here is a summary of the City’s events and services on 5 and 6 December.

The Independence Day torch procession starts from the chapel at the Hietaniemi Cemetery around 5:00 PM and proceeds along the route Hietaniemenkatu – Arkadiankatu – Pohjoisesplanadi – Presidential Palace – Mariankatu – Aleksanterinkatu to the Senate Square. The President of the Republic greets the procession from the balcony of the Presidential Palace.
A citizen party is celebrated on the Senate Square approximately from 5:55 to 6:15 PM. The programme includes, among other things, choir singing and speeches by Mayor Jan Vapaavuori and representatives of student unions and student associations.

The event is open to everyone. People can join the end of the procession, including those who are not member of a student organisation. Students’ Independence Day torch procession

Public transport on Independence Day

Helsinki Region Traffic operates according to Sunday timetables on Independence Day 6 December and according to Friday timetables on the eve of the Independence Day. However, there are exceptions in the city centre tram and bus traffic on Friday due to, for example, the students’ torch procession and the Independence Day Reception. Other public events may also affect the public transport.

During the President’s Independence Day Reception from 5:30 to 10:00 PM, there are exceptions to the routes of tramlines 2, 3, 4 and 7. Route 5 is not operated. In Eira and Katajanokka, the tram traffic is substituted with buses.
Local traffic timetables and maps/HSL

Social services and health care on Independence Day

Health counselling 24h, Tel. 09 310 10023
The health counselling offers information on Helsinki’s health services and care advice for sickness around the clock for the cost of a regular call.
Life-threatening situations - call 112
In serious and life-threatening sickness and accident situations, help is available around the clock on 112.
Health Stations
Health Stations are open on Thursday 5 December from 8 AM to 4 PM (Kalasatama and Vuosaari 7 AM to 4 PM) and closed on Independence Day 6 December.
Emergency care, Tel. 116 117
When your own health station is closed, the patients who require immediate care are taken care of around the clock at the emergency care.
Call the toll-free number 116 117 before going to the emergency care. The number has on-call duty around the clock.
Adults (16 years or older)
Haartman Emergency Hospital, Haartmaninkatu 4, building 12
Malmi Emergency Hospital, Talvelantie 6 J.
In urgent cases, when your own health station is closed, Helsinki residents can also go to the Jorvi emergency care in Espoo, Turuntie 150, or Peijas emergency care in Vantaa, Sairaalakatu 1.
Children and young people
New Children’s Hospital, Stenbäckinkatu 9.
Oral health care, emergency care
The emergency care for oral health care is open on Independence Day 6 December from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM at Haartman Hospital, Haartmaninkatu 4, building 12. The service for appointments is open from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Tel. 09 471 71110. The Night Emergency Care is located at the Töölö Hospital Accident Station, Töölönkatu 40, Tel. 040 621 5699.
Call before you come to the emergency care.
Social and crisis emergency care 24h
Social and crisis emergency care are open on Independence Day around the clock. Social on-call duty, Tel. 020 696 006 and Crisis on-call duty, Tel. 09 310 44222. Social and health care summary

Selection of events on Independence Day eve and Independence Day

Oodi celebrates its successful first year on Thursday
Oodi celebrates its first anniversary on Thursday 5 December. All Oodi actors, Helsinki City Library, EU@Oodi, Brygga, Helsinki-info, Fazer Food & Co, Kino Regina and Playground Loru, arrange programme on the anniversary day. There will be events throughout the day. Oodi’s Programme

Independence Day pre-party danced at Stoa on Thursday
Programme is already arranged in many places around the City on Thursday. At Stoa, partygoers can dance, for example, waltz, cha-cha, jive or tango, accompanied by Pasi Jääskeläinen’s dance orchestra from 3:30 to 4:30 PM. The day-time dances are instructed by Katja Koukkula and Jussi Väänänen. Before that, the Opi suomea laulaen Choir performs at Stoa. Stoa’s Programme (inFinnish)

Independence Day Party for Everyone on Friday at Kanneltalo
The table will be set at Kanneltalo starting 5:00 PM, the programme starts earlier at 4:00. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the programme and socialising at the joint party and banquet, which ends at 7:00 PM. The party is free and open to everyone.
Kanneltalo’s Programme 

Independent Finland celebrated in traditional ways at Malmitalo
Malmitalo’s traditional Independence Day party will offer speeches and music. After the programme part, coffee will be served in the Malmitalo lobby. The event is free of charge. Please note that there is a limited number of places in the hall. Malmitalo’s programme (in Finnish)

More Independence Day events in the City:

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Senate Square, Senaatintori, Helsinki

MyHelsinki (museums, attractions, restaurants open etc.)
Event calendar (events in neighbourhoods)