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Hundreds of events taking place on 25 to 27 August to celebrate Finland’s centenary

Government Communications Department 8.8.2017 10.40
Press release 349/2017
Hundreds of events taking place on 25 to 27 August to celebrate Finland’s centenary

Finland’s centenary theme ‘Together’ has sparked an unseen creativity and enthusiasm to do things together. During the Together weekend on 25 to 27 August, a host of events in the Finland 100 programme are lined up throughout Finland and around the world – a programme that Finns and friends of Finland have created for one another. At the same time, the jubilee year autumn and a 100-day period full of festive events will be kicked off, leading up to the centenary in December.

“During Together weekend, there are small, nationwide and international events. Finns and friends of Finland will fly a flag for nature, hike, eat together, sing, play music, compete in different championships and dance in market squares and even in trains,” tells Päivi Pirttilä, Head of Finland 100 Communications. 

Part of the events taking place during the Together weekend have been organised especially for the weekend and some are annual events celebrating the centenary with Finland 100 theme.

Largest events taking place in Finland on Saturday 26 August are Nature Days, when choirs sign in every National Park across Finland and Finnish flags will be flown to celebrate Finnish nature. Finland will become the first country in the world to honour nature with an official flag day.

During the weekend, food brings people together in Finland and abroad as anyone anywhere can organise their own Finnish Your Dinner dinner party, offering even strangers the opportunity to celebrate Finland’s centenary of independence. Dinners are organised from Helsinki to Buenos Aires. Also, from Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 of August, Stockholm’s Kungsträdgården transforms into a STHLM/SUOMI urban festival.

Finland’s big year 

The centenary theme ‘Together’ has sparked an unseen creativity and enthusiasm to do things together. After an eventful jubilee year summer, the Together weekend will start a 100-day period full of festive events, leading up to the centenary in December.

“Already now we can say that the centenary of independence has become Finland’s big year – thanks to hundreds of thousands of people who have been taking part in building the Finland 100 programme all over the world. On Together weekend the theme of the centenary year will only grow stronger, as well as the habit of doing things together,” says State Secretary Paula Lehtomäki, Chair of the Finland 100 Centenary Board.

Find out more about the Together weekend from the Finland 100 centenary website

For more detailed information concerning single events, please contact the event organisers directly.

For more detailed information concerning regional Finland 100 events, contact Finland 100 regional coordinators 

Together weekend video

Together weekend photos and logos for media

Päivi Pirttilä, Head of Communications, paivi.pirttila (at)vnk.fi, tel. +358 40 705 3323

Finland 100 media service, mon-fri 9-16, tel. +358 50 327 5160, suomi100media(at)sek.fi

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Finland 100. Independent Finland turns 100 years in 2017. The centenary will mark the most remarkable anniversary of our generation which will be celebrated throughout 2017 in Finland and abroad. The centenary theme is together. According to the theme, the year is celebrated together with Finns and friends of Finland. The centenary programme is open for everyone and anyone can submit a project proposal until the end of October 2017. The project secretariat at the Prime Minister’s Office is in charge of creating the programme as a whole. Regional implementation of the centenary is on the responsibility of a regional network. suomifinland100.fi, #finland100, #suomi100