The centenary of Finland’s independence

In 2017 the independent state of Finland was a hundred years old. Finland’s centenary was celebrated throughout the year, across the whole of Finland and in more than one hundred countries on all six continents. The large and diverse programme was built together by Finns and friends of Finland.

Read the story and the results of Finland’s Centenary year

The largest ever celebration programme

800 000

creators of the programme

170 000

events around the world

Finland’s jubilee year

The centenary of Finland’s independence became the Finland 100 phenomenon – a mosaic of feelings, actions and events.

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Photo: Bright Finland Oy / Ralph Larmann

In Finland
and abroad

5 000

programme projects

We did it together

The huge programme was not born by itself. The centenary of Finland’s independence was created together by Finns and friends of Finland.

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Photo: Finland 100 / Leena Koskela

Finns think:

Finland 100 follow-up survey 2015–2018, Statistic Finland

93 %

the centenary celebrations
were a success

83 %

the sense of togetherness
became stronger

94 %

Finland’s reputation
in other countries improved

The legacy of the centenary year

The centenary year was a turning point in the story of the 100-year-old nation. The centenary of Finland’s independence left a big legacy for the next century of independence.

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Photo: Prime Minister's Office Finland

Good news from Finland!

#1

The happiest nation in the world in 2018

UN: The World Happiness Report 2018

+14 %

more tourists visited Finland
in 2017

+3 %

economic growth in 2017

  • It’s wonderful how much Finland is being celebrated. The world seems to think a lot of our country

    Facebook comment

  • Could they organise transport from the sticks to this event?

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  • Shared values are at the core of our success story. The year marking the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence is a good and fitting time to evaluate the Finnish values of today as building blocks for the future.

    Professor and historian Martti Häikiö, Finland 100 commentary, 8 September 2016

  • Thank you and happy Independence Day to all Finns all over the world!! Even though I have been away for a long time, my heart will always be in Finland.

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  • This could become a new tradition 🙂 #firework #helsinki #independenceday #finland

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  • The centenary of our independence is an amazing vantage point. This is exactly what we need: a clear view into the great arches of our own history as well as the stories forgotten under the jubilee events.

    Bishop Irja Askola, Finland 100 commentary, 30 November 2016

  • Surely the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Finland is next year..

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  • Finland 100 will last until the 200th anniversary of Finland’s independence.

    Project feedback

  • This project again emphasised the importance of teamwork in a small town. Everyone who was asked to contribute did so.

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  • Would it not be more appropriate to talk about a commemoration of our independence? After all, our independence was lost in 1995.

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2011–2016
Jan.
Feb.
March
April
May
June
July
Aug.
Sept.
Oct.
Nov.
Dec.
2018

Year 2011

25 November 2011

First working group meeting

The Prime Minister’s Office appoints a working group to plan the celebrations for the centenary of Finland’s independence.

Year 2012

4 April 2012

Budget for the centenary celebrations

The Government earmarks EUR 400,000 for the planning of the celebrations for the centenary of Finland’s independence between 2013 and 2016.

4 June 2012

Working group’s report

The working group tasked with planning the centenary celebration hands in its report to the Prime Minister’s Office.

21 December 2012

Appropriations for planning the centenary celebrations

The Parliament allocates EUR 100,000 for the planning of the celebrations for the centenary of Finland’s independence in the Prime Minister's Office in 2013.

Year 2013

14 August 2013

Launch of the centenary project

The centenary project is officially launched by a decision of the Prime Minister’s Office. The project is set to run from 14 August 2013 until 31 January 2018.

27 September 2013

The Secretary-General and Secretariat begin work

The City of Helsinki’s senior adviser, Hannu Hyttinen, is appointed as the Secretary-General of the centenary celebrations and begins his work in the Prime Minister’s Office on 14 October 2013.

15 November 2013

Appointment of the Finland 100 Board

The Prime Minister’s Office appoints a board to oversee the Finland 100 project from 15 November 2013 until 31 January 2018. The board is chaired by the State Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office.

20 December 2013

Confirmation of appropriations for the year 2014

The Parliament allocates EUR 1.1 million for the planning of the celebrations for the centenary of Finland’s independence in 2014.

Year 2014

11 September 2014

Together chosen as the theme for the celebrations

The Finland 100 Commission decides to adopt Together as the theme for the celebrations.

11 September 2014

First meeting of the commission

A commission consisting of representatives from 70 of Finland’s key organisations is set up to decide on the priorities of the centenary celebrations.

19 December 2014

Confirmation of appropriations for the year 2015 and the total budget for the years 2013–2018

The Parliament allocates EUR 2 million for the planning of the celebrations for the centenary of Finland’s independence in 2015.

Year 2015

30 April 2015

Submission of ideas for the centenary celebrations begins

Ideas for the centenary celebrations are welcomed for a total of two and a half years until the end of October 2017.

21 October 2015

The Commission approves the final plans

The Finland 100 Commission approves the progress report on the planning stage of the project and adopts the anniversary programme.

1 December 2015

Launch of public communications

A public communication campaign advertising the centenary celebrations begins at a media conference and stakeholder event held in the Government Palace.

Year 2016

4 February 2016

Cooperation with businesses begins

An effort is made to involve the business sector in the centenary celebrations according to the Together theme.

21 June 2016

Promotional video

A summery Finland 100 video published during the Midsummer week spreads like wildfire around the world.

23 September 2016

100-day countdown begins

The beginning of the 100-day countdown to the start of the anniversary year is celebrated at a media conference and stakeholder event at Finlandia Hall on 23 September 2016.

31 December 2016

Opening of the Finland 100 celebrations

The celebrations for the centenary of Finland’s independence begin with a bang on New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2016.

January

6 January 2017

National treasures on tour

Ateneum Art Museum’s touring Stories of Finnish Art exhibition opens the centenary celebrations at Rovaniemi Art Museum in Lapland.

9 January 2017

Finland 100 products hit the shops

The business programme for the anniversary year generates hundreds of official Finland 100 products, which quickly become hugely popular.

27 January 2017 – 29 January 2017

The Snow Queen at the Royal Danish Ballet

Dancers from the Finnish National Ballet perform The Snow Queen in Denmark from 27 until 29 January 2017.

February

6 February 2017

Sámi National Day celebrations in Inari

A range of celebrations takes place in Inari to mark Sámi National Day.

22 February 2017 – 5 March 2017

World Ski Championships in Lahti

Finland’s anniversary year serves up a range of amazing experiences and a unique selection of international high-level sporting competitions and other events.

March

8 March 2017

International Gender Equality Prize

Equality between the sexes is one of Finland’s most famous achievements.

11 March 2017

Reflection – 100 years of Swedish music in Finland

The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland puts on a concert to celebrate the centenary of Finland’s independence on 11 March.

April

8 April 2017

Kings and queens of Roma music

A concert celebrating a century of Finns and Roma living side by side is held in honour of the International Romani Day.

18 April 2017

Turku History Museum

Turku City Council decides to build a new, interactive history museum to celebrate the anniversary year.

27 April 2017

Best Finnish Creative Design award to Finland 100

The visual brand identity of the anniversary year wins the country’s most significant creative design award.

27 April 2017

National Veterans’ Day

The main event celebrating National Veterans’ Day is held at the Lahti Sports and Exhibition Centre on 27 April 2017. The theme of the day in Finland’s anniversary year is Yours, to remind the pub

May

4 May 2017

Debate on the future of democracy in Porvoo

History is made in Porvoo when the Finnish Government, led by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, convenes for a plenary session and discussions in front of a live audience for the first time in 100 years.

12 May 2017

More than 50,000 trees planted in honour of Finland

More than 50,000 trees are planted in Finland and around the world in honour of the centenary of Finland’s independence.

18 May 2017

Controversial commemorative coin

The Mint of Finland issues several commemorative coins during the anniversary year.

20 May 2017 – 21 May 2017

Horses in Kaivopuisto Park

Equestrian professionals want to remind people about the important role of horses in Finland’s history by parading them in villages and public events throughout the anniversary year.

June

1 June 2017

Congratulations from Nordic heads of state

Nordic heads of state visit Helsinki to celebrate the centenary of Finland’s independence. The visit is historic, as a similar convention has only taken place in Finland once before, in 2002.

9 June 2017 – 10 June 2017

Estonia celebrates Finland

A whole weekend is dedicated to celebrating the centenary of Finland’s independence on the other side of the Gulf of Finland.

9 June 2017

Finnish opera in bloom

A dozen Finnish operas première during the anniversary year.

9 June 2017

Aerial display above Helsinki

A spectacular fly-past aircraft soars in the sky above Helsinki when the Finnish Aviation Museum and partners put on a free public air show in Kaivopuisto Park at the beginning of the summer.

17 June 2017

Hossa becomes Finland’s 40th national park

Finland’s 40th national park opens in Hossa in the municipalities of Suomussalmi, Kuusamo, and Taivalkoski.

July

10 July 2017 – 14 July 2017

SuomiAreena public debate forum

The anniversary year’s SuomiAreena public debate forum in Pori examines Finland from different perspectives.

13 July 2017 – 24 July 2017

Tall ships in Turku and Kotka

The international young people’s sailing event Tall Ships Races brings imposing tall ships to the ports of Kotka and Turku.

August

24 August 2017 – 26 August 2017

STHLM/SUOMI takes over Stockholm

The celebrations for the centenary of Finland’s independence take over Kungsträdgården Park in Stockholm, Sweden during the last weekend of August.

25 August 2017 – 27 August 2017

A weekend of togetherness

The most eventful summer of all time culminates in a Together-themed weekend featuring thousands of events across Finland at the end of August.

30 August 2017

Anniversary gifts inspired by nature

Finland’s oldest company, Fiskars, donates a 40-hectare nature conservation area for the public to enjoy for the next one hundred years, in honour of Finland’s anniversary.

September

22 September 2017

Finland’s centenary celebrations in Saint Petersburg

An elaborate event celebrating the centenary of Finland’s independence is put on in Saint Petersburg.

26 September 2017 – 27 September 2017

Helsinki Challenge in Brussels

The science-based competition Helsinki Challenge combines science and problem-solving. Multidisciplinary teams compete to find solutions to great global challenges and to build a better future.

October

18 October 2017

Jean Sibelius chosen as the Cultural Icon of the Century

The Culture Gala of the Century celebrates Finnish creativity by honouring important cultural achievements and contributors throughout the history of Finland’s independence.

27 October 2017

Remake of The Unknown Soldier

A third film adaptation of Väinö Linna’s novel The Unknown Soldier is made in honour of the centenary of Finland’s independence.

November

7 November 2017

Seminar on Finland’s road to independence

The Prime Minister’s Office’s seminar on Finland’s road to independence reviews Finland’s journey from the passing of the so-called Law on Supreme Power to the declaration of independence.

15 November 2017

Parliament of Finland celebrates 100 years of democracy

The Parliament seized the sovereign power in Finland on 15 November 1917. A seminar is held on the anniversary in honour of democracy.

30 November 2017

Unveiling of a national memorial to the Winter War

A national memorial to the Winter War is unveiled in Kasarmitori Square in Helsinki on 30 November in honour of the centenary of Finland’s independence.

December

2 December 2017

Official Finland 100 gala

Finland’s anniversary year culminates in an official nationwide gala in Oulu. A total of 1,200 people from all over the country who have contributed to the celebrations during the year are invited to

4 December 2017 – 5 December 2017

Light show on Saana Fell

Saana Fell is turned into a totally unique light installation to celebrate Finland’s anniversary.

4 December 2017

Government’s centenary session

The Senate of Finland, which governed the country at the time, declared Finland independent on 4 December exactly one hundred years ago.

5 December 2017

The raising of one hundred flags

The celebrations for Finland’s 100th Independence Day begin the day before on 5 December. Parties and events are held all over Finland, and blue-and-white light installations are lit around the world.

5 December 2017

Children celebrate Independence Day in the House of the Estates

More than five hundred schoolchildren celebrate the centenary of Finland’s independence at a reception hosted by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä in the House of the Estates in Helsinki.

5 December 2017

Parliament’s centenary session

The Parliament of Finland finishes the anniversary year with a special plenary session and an announcement of the Parliament’s contribution to the centenary celebrations.

6 December 2017

Independence Day celebrations around the world

Finland’s 100th Independence Day is celebrated in homes and on the streets all over Finland and around the world.

6 December 2017

Independence Day Parade in Kuopio

The traditional Independence Day Parade of the Finnish Defence Forces takes place in Kuopio.

Year 2018

31 January 2018

Finland 100 Board and Commission complete their work

The terms of office of the Finland 100 Board and Commission end as agreed.

12 April 2018

Publication of the final results of the Finland 100 follow-up survey

The results of the last stage of the follow-up survey conducted by Statistics Finland between 2015 and 2018 are published.

5 June 2018

Finland 100 wins ProCom’s Communications Campaign of the Year award

ProCom – The Finnish Association of Communication Professionals chooses Finland 100 as the Communications Campaign of the Year and praises the project’s inclusive communications strategy.

14 June 2018

Finland 100 cleans up at the Finnish Comms Awards

The Finnish Association of Marketing, Technology and Creativity’s annual Finnish Comms Awards recognise excellence in Finnish communications.

25 September 2018

Publication of the Finland 100 report

A huge amount of information about the events of the anniversary year in Finland and around the world was collected during the first months of 2018.

5 December 2018

Library Oodi opens

Library Oodi, a joint project by the Finnish State’s and the City of Helsinki celebrating the centenary of Finland’s independence, opens to the public.