In previous chapters of our journey we discovered most of Finland and got an idea of what the country represents; however, it is far from being over. In this run we will discover some of the national parks, which this country is famous for, some of the rare places, special events, and castles. Get ready for the brand-new journey all across Finland.
This part will be solely dedicated to the celebration of the Independence of Finland, i.e. 100 years of Independence. Last year, December 6, 2017, Finland had its major event, its greatest birthday, creating a fantastic atmosphere not just during that day but the entire year.
It is worth mentioning that the special jubilee symbol was created to represent the importance of the year. Finland had lots of things containing that logo and lots of things produced locally especially for the jubilee year. In addition, a great start was given to inspire people to visit all the national parks in the country and enjoy the nature, thus enhancing the health.
As for the country’s birthday, on December 6 the whole country had its events, some were spread equally so that small towns could get something unique as part of the celebration. Moreover, all the museums and galleries had no entrance fee on that day. In Helsinki, the current capital of Finland, residents and visitors could see very beautiful and symbolic view, i.e. the 100 Finnish flags on the market square in front of the Presidential Palace, representing each year of the country’s independence.
Since the whole event was already in the winter, people could enjoy the upcoming Christmas spirit and decorations. Extra security measures were implemented in order to make the event safe. People were happy and truly enjoyed the day.
The evening was followed by the speech of the mayor of Helsinki and the banquet at the Presidential Palace. Later on, late evening the final part of the celebration took place. Residents and visitors could see spectacular fireworks and hear the beautiful melody by Sibelius.
All in all, the celebration went on a high level and with the right spirit of what the country stands for and what it represents. In Lapland people could see an amazing view of the light show organized for the event. For those who were lucky to be there, it is more of a flashback into nice memories, and for those who did not have a chance to visit Finland in 2017, it is a brief summary of what it was.
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One of iconic buildings in Helsinki, which was once home to the Finnish literature society and the first Finnish newspaper Suometar, will house a 5-star Hotel St. George in the beginning of 2018.
St. Petersburg hosted the festival of short fashion films “A Shaded View on Fashion Film”. We were attracted by the fact that the director's movie was shot at the hotel.