This year Finland is celebrating 100 years of independence!
Before coming, I had no idea what their history was or who they gained independence from. On December 6, 1917 they officially became on independent state from the Russian Republic.
Finland was part of Sweden for over 600 years, but during this time Sweden and Russia fought over the land. In 1809 Finland was officially part of Russia after they won the war against Sweden.
When World War I was almost over, Finland separated itself from Russia after the Parliament accepted the declaration of independence. This then made them an independent country.
If you would like to read more about Finland and their history, you can go HERE where I found this information!
100 Years Celebration
I was able to celebrate the 100 years in Helsinki, the capital. There were so many activities! The celebration started on December 5th and continued until the 6th. The whole market square was filled with people and the national flag.
This years theme is ‘together’ to celebrate the country as a whole community. The Suomi 100 official website encourages Finns to go and do something big or small to contribute to their community.
The Suomi 100 official website states, “The centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017 will be the most significant commemorative year for this generation of Finns. The centenary emphasises Finland’s strengths, such as equality and democracy by offering Finns and friends of Finland diverse and international centenary programme in Finland and abroad. The centenary year provides opportunities to better understand the past, experience the jubilee together and set the course for Finland’s future success” (suomifinland100.fi). This statement really shows how they feel about this big event and how special it is for them!