12/06/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/06/2019 01:44
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
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
Selection of events on Independence Day eve and Independence Day
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.
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: