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Independence Day 6/12

Finland, Finns, FinnishPosted by Sylvie Hendrickx Mon, December 05, 2011 17:01:20

Finland closes down for Independence Day

Finland celebrates Independence Day on Tuesday. The public holiday brings changes to public transport and opening hours.

Shops, Alko liquor stores, banks and post offices will keep their doors closed on Tuesday. Long-distance train services will run on Sunday timetables on Tuesday. For more information, see the state railways VR website. Local transport also runs according to Sunday timetables.

The traditional Finnish independence day celebrations in Helsinki start with a torchlit procession of students from Hietaniemi Cemetery to the Senate Square at 5pm. Similar events are held in other Finnish cities.

The President’s Independence day reception will begin at 7pm, with live TV coverage on YLE TV, radio and online. The reception and students’ procession will cause disruption to traffic from around 6pm in central Helsinki.

The Finnish parliament declared independence on 6 December 1917. Before that, the country had been part of Sweden, and later became a Grand Duchy in the Russian empire.

From:, dd 05/12/2011