Finland's big year 2017

Finland became an independent state on 6 December 1917. The newly born state was willed into being by the Finns after a long struggle. In spite of hard times, the Finnish people have for almost a hundred years engaged in the building of their country and making decisions together. Now the Finns are leading their country into a new century with courage and determination.

Join the celebration! 

Work places, companies, and communities are encouraged to organize a blue and white coffee break for employees, customers, or friends on Independence Day Eve, Tuesday 5 December at 2 pm. Or at any other time on that day. The shared moment matters the most.  On Independence Day Eve, Tuesday 5 December at 6 pm, the illuminated Finnish flag will be flown on every Finnish flagpole.

Everyone in Oulu is encouraged to create a blue and white lighting at work and at home. Blue and white lights will be lit on Friday 1 Dec at 6 pm, and the lighting ends on Thursday morning, 7 Dec by 9 am.