Finland closes down for Independence Day
celebrates Independence Day on Tuesday. The public holiday brings changes to
public transport and opening hours.
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.
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.
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: yle.fi, dd 05/12/2011