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Oulu joins in European minute of silence

Together with cities all over Europe, the City of Oulu participates in a minute of silence for the victims of the corona pandemic which started one year ago. The joint commemoration takes place on Wednesday, 24 March, at 13:00 (EET).

The minute of silence is an initiative of the city network Eurocities, of which the City of Oulu is a member.

"One victim is too many. By pausing for a minute, we honour the dead and those suffering from the consequences of the pandemic. We also honour those who work every day so that we will get through the pandemic," says Päivi Laajala, the Mayor of Oulu.

To date, over 800 people have died of Covid-19 in Finland and there are almost 900,000 deaths in Europe. The pandemic has affected the lives of almost everyone and we have many reasons to acknowledge each other and ourselves over the past year.

The cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Turku, Tampere and Oulu, all participating in the joint commemoration, hope that the minute of silence will also be taken into account in the places of work if possible.

"Europe needs a joint moment of reflection," states Dario Nardella, President of Eurocities and Mayor of Florence.

As events are not possible at the moment, everyone should observe this minute of silence for themselves.

To support a shared experience, Eurocities offers a video live stream with Dario Nardella:
"I invite everyone to join and to be silent together for a moment, to commemorate, and to find new strength together."

Eurocities is a network of 198 European cities from 38 countries, representing 130 million people.

Link to the video stream.


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