My fellow citizens, a year of celebrations is behind us. The centenary of our independence was fêted in many ways and recalled with gratitude. It has been rousing to see how people’s festive mood took over the country during the course of the year. We recapped the past, looked to the future and, above all, felt genuine joy of our own Finnishness.
President of the Republic, Sauli Niinistö, and his spouse, Jenni Haukio, hosted the Independence Day Reception at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday 6 December 2017. The centenary of Finland’s independence was reflected in the guests invited, the music, the refreshments and the floral decorations. The guest list of around 1,900 persons included persons who have distinguished themselves during the different decades of independence, with every effort made to reflect chronological and geographi
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