Finland’s 99th Independence Day in Pictures

Finnish war veterans observing the hoisting of the national flag at Tähtitorninmäki, marking the beginning of the 99th Independence Day celebrations in Helsinki, Finland on December 6, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Finnish war veterans observing the hoisting of the national flag at Tähtitorninmäki, marking the beginning of the 99th Independence Day celebrations in Helsinki, Finland on December 6, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Mauno Koivisto, 93, the ninth president of Finland (1982-1994), arriving at the Ecumenical Independence Day service with his spouse, Tellervo Koivisto, at the Helsinki Cathedral on Tuesday morning. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Mauno Koivisto, 93, the ninth president of Finland (1982-1994), arriving at the Ecumenical Independence Day service with his spouse, Tellervo Koivisto, at the Helsinki Cathedral on Tuesday morning. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

President Sauli Niinistö and his spouse, Jenni Haukio, attend the service. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

President Sauli Niinistö and his spouse, Jenni Haukio, attend the service. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A woman flying the national flag at half-mast at Aleksanterinkatu in commemoration for the 14,500 entrepreneurs who committed suicide during the 90s depression in Finland. The procession, where a few dozen people attended, was arranged by a support group for debtors. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A woman flying the national flag at half-mast at Aleksanterinkatu in commemoration for the 14,500 entrepreneurs who committed suicide during the 90s depression in Finland. The procession, where a few dozen people attended, was arranged by a support group for debtors. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A man attending the Independence Day Celebration of Nationalists at the Citizens' Square, arranged by Fortress Europe, an organization which has declared to fight against Islam. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A man attending the Independence Day Celebration of Nationalists at the Citizens’ Square, arranged by Fortress Europe, an organization which has declared to fight against Islam. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Tarja Halonen, the first female head of state and the eleventh president of Finland (2000-2012), attending the Multicultural Independence Day Celebration with his spouse, Pentti Arajärvi, at the Helsinki City Hall. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Tarja Halonen, the first female head of state and the eleventh president of Finland (2000-2012), attending the Multicultural Independence Day Celebration with his spouse, Pentti Arajärvi, at the Helsinki City Hall. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The Multicultural Independence Day Celebration, which featured a diverse program from speeches to salsa dancing, has been arranged since 2006. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The Multicultural Independence Day Celebration, which featured a diverse program from speeches to salsa dancing, has been arranged since 2006. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A man attending a protest that demands Finland to separate from the EU at Mannerheimintie. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A man attending a protest that demands Finland to separate from the EU at Mannerheimintie. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Protesters crossing the Unioninkatu on their way to Kaisaniemi Park to demonstrate against neo-Nazis. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Protesters crossing the Unioninkatu on their way to Kaisaniemi Park to demonstrate against neo-Nazis. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A member of the Finnish Resistance Movement, a neo-Nazi organization, is being treated in an ambulance after being attacked by a protester against racism at the Kaisaniemi Park. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A member of the Finnish Resistance Movement, a neo-Nazi organization, is being treated in an ambulance after being attacked by a protester against racism at the Kaisaniemi Park. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Police guarding the Kaisaniemi Park to keep the opposing protesters, the Finnish Resistance Movement and anti-fascists, apart . Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Police guarding the Kaisaniemi Park to keep the opposing protesters, the Finnish Resistance Movement and anti-fascists, apart . Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

An anti-fascist dressed as a clown giving a balloon to a child of his fellow protester at Kaisaniemi Park. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

An anti-fascist dressed as a clown giving a balloon to a child of his fellow protester at Kaisaniemi Park. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Protesters attending the 612 torchlight procession, a far-right march of patriots, in the freezing cold of minus 11 degrees Celsius at Töölöntori. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Protesters attending the 612 torchlight procession, a far-right march of patriots, in the freezing cold of minus 11 degrees Celsius at Töölöntori. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Sam said he joined the 612 march as a patriotic citizen and to celebrate Finland's independence. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Sam said he joined the 612 march as a patriotic citizen and to celebrate Finland’s independence. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Nearly 3,000 people attended the 612 torchlight procession, which walked from Töölöntori to Hietaniemi Cemetery. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Nearly 3,000 people attended the 612 torchlight procession, which walked from Töölöntori to Hietaniemi Cemetery. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The participants in 612 march walking to the war grave where soldiers in the Second World War are buried at the Hietaniemi cemetery. They put out their torches at the graves as a symbol of respect. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The participants in 612 march walking to the war grave where soldiers in the Second World War are buried at the Hietaniemi cemetery. They put out their torches at the graves as a symbol of respect. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

President Sauli Niinistö dancing the waltz with his spouse, Jenni Haukio, during the Presidential Independence Day Reception at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday evening. Picture: The Office of the President of the Republic of Finland

President Sauli Niinistö dancing the waltz with his spouse, Jenni Haukio, during the Presidential Independence Day Reception at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday evening. Picture: The Office of the President of the Republic of Finland