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Nation celebrates Independence Day today

Published : 06 Dec 2019, 02:09

  DF Report

Photo Hanne Salonen/Eduskunta.

The nation will celebrate the Independence Day on Friday with festivity and joy and show due respect to the war veterans.

The country achieved liberation in 1917 from Imperial Russia. Today is a public holiday.

Most of the business centres, including super markets and chain shops, will remain closed while the public transport will maintain the holiday schedule.

President Sauli Niinistö and First Lady Jenni Haukio will host the Independence Day Reception at the President’s Palace.

The theme of this year’s Independence Day Reception is ‘knowledge and discussion’.

The presidential couple will invite to the Presidential Palace some 1,700 Finns who have distinguished themselves in various walks of life. Finnish war veterans and members of the Lotta Svärd women’s auxiliary corps will be invited to attend as guests of honour.

Technological development has changed the relationship with knowledge: it is easily accessible and the threshold for engaging in discussion has been lowered. The tone of the discussion in society, on the other hand, has hardened.

This year, President Niinistö and First Lady Jenni Haukio wish to pay special attention to people and institutions that, through their actions, promote the dissemination of reliable information and discussion.

The Guards Band will perform while the presidential couple greets their guests at the Independence Day reception as well as during the early evening in the Hall of State. The band has selected the music in line with tradition and the reception’s environment theme.