Finland Today’s Best Pictures of 2016

The time has come to review the past year in pictures. While browsing through the bunch, there was one striking difference when compared with the year before: in 2016, people summoned to only a few mass demonstrations, while in 2015 there were protests held from the support of endangered wolves to protests against the government and cuts in student aid and for and against the refugees. Does this mean that the people are happier now? More tolerant? Hard to say . . . there are surveys published recently where the trust in government is plummeting. The number of refugees seeking asylum in Finland also dropped significantly, so maybe the immigrant is not seen as such big threat anymore.

One thing is for sure, though: any of the few, nascent clashes between the left-wing protesters and patriots, racists and neo-Nazis were mostly stopped by the readiness and planning by the Finnish police. The most recent and honorable example being from the day of independence on December 6.

In 2016, we’ve captured the moments of when the Finnish citizens celebrated victory in ice hockey, big-name artists performed and celebrated, people fought with pillows and the Finnish heavyweight boxer, Robert Helenius, knocked down opponents.

The saddest moment observed through our lens was the sea of candles laid in front of the Helsinki railway station in the memory of a bystander who confronted a small protest by neo-Nazis. He was assaulted and died of his injuries in hospital later.

The weirdest we witnessed was when a moose broke into a bank near Helsinki center. We were also in Naantali at the summer residence of the Finnish president when Russian President Vladimir Putin visited and warned Finland about joining the NATO.

One of the bravest moments was when the half-naked samba dancers performed on the streets of Helsinki in pouring rain.

We present to you the year 2016 in pictures.

Enjoy.

A group of revelers celebrating the world championship gold of the Young Lions while standing in the corner of Mannerheimintie in Helsinki on Wednesday, January 6, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A group of revelers celebrating the world championship gold of the Young Lions while standing in the corner of Mannerheimintie in Helsinki on Wednesday, January 6, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Images of Joy displays eight different images from eight different artists on the surface of the Helsinki Cathedral during the LUX light festival on January 8, 2016. Picture: Rory Barr for Finland Today

Images of Joy displays eight different images from eight different artists on the surface of the Helsinki Cathedral during the LUX light festival on January 8, 2016. Picture: Rory Barr for Finland Today

Dan Reynolds, the vocalist of Imagine Dragons, performing at the Helsinki Arena on January 27, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Dan Reynolds, the vocalist of Imagine Dragons, performing at the Helsinki Arena on January 27, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Rapper Paperi T running to pick up the prize for the Artist of the Year at the Funky Awards at Club Pressa in Hotel Presidentti in Helsinki on January 31, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Rapper Paperi T running to pick up the prize for the Artist of the Year at the Funky Awards at Club Pressa in Hotel Presidentti in Helsinki on January 31, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A protester demanding "closing of the borders" climbs on top of Havis Amanda statue at the Market Square to plant the Finnish flag in Helsinki on February 6, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A protester demanding “closing of the borders” climbs on top of Havis Amanda statue at the Market Square to plant the Finnish flag in Helsinki on February 6, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

About 4,100 seniors (abit) from upper secondary schools around Helsinki attend 'penkkarit' in over 100 trucks cruising around the center. The children are picking up the candy thrown by the abit on February 18, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

About 4,100 seniors (abit) from upper secondary schools around Helsinki attend ‘penkkarit’ in over 100 trucks cruising around the center. The children are picking up the candy thrown by the abit on February 18, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Antti Tuisku and Sanni celebrating their success at the Emma Gala at Espoo Metro Arena on Friday, March 11, 2016. Picture: Morgan Walker for Finland Today

Antti Tuisku and Sanni celebrating their success at the Emma Gala at Espoo Metro Arena on Friday, March 11, 2016. Picture: Morgan Walker for Finland Today

Ian Anderson, the vocalist and flute player of Jethro Tull (the godfathers of progressive rock), singing at the House of Cultures in Helsinki on March 9, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Ian Anderson, the vocalist and flute player of Jethro Tull (the godfathers of progressive rock), singing at the House of Cultures in Helsinki on March 9, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Two elderly men playing a sunny game of chess at the Töölö Bay in Helsinki on March 28, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Two elderly men playing a sunny game of chess at the Töölö Bay in Helsinki on March 28, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Sabina Ddumba, the Swedish soul singer, performing at club Tavastia in Helsinki on March 27, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Sabina Ddumba, the Swedish soul singer, performing at club Tavastia in Helsinki on March 27, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Robert Helenius, the Finnish heavyweight boxer, punishing the heavy bag at Ruskeasuo Sports Hall in Helsinki on March 31, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Robert Helenius, the Finnish heavyweight boxer, punishing the heavy bag at Ruskeasuo Sports Hall in Helsinki on March 31, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The International Pillow Fight Day at Teurastamo gathered hundreds of fighters in Helsinki on April 2, 2016. PIcture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The International Pillow Fight Day at Teurastamo gathered hundreds of fighters in Helsinki on April 2, 2016. PIcture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Marie-Josée Croze, an award-winning actress, at Hotel Haven in Helsinki on April 4, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Marie-Josée Croze, an award-winning actress, at Hotel Haven in Helsinki on April 4, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Choi Jeong-Hwa, the Korean contemporary artist, at the Kiasma contemporary museum of art in Helsinki on April 20, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Choi Jeong-Hwa, the Korean contemporary artist, at the Kiasma contemporary museum of art in Helsinki on April 20, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

President Sauli Niinistö and Governor-General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove discussing at the Presidential Palace on April 28, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

President Sauli Niinistö and Governor-General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove discussing at the Presidential Palace on April 28, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A student’s selfie at the statue of Havis Amanda during Vappu (May Day) on May 1, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A student’s selfie at the statue of Havis Amanda during Vappu (May Day) on May 1, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Shirly Karvinen is being escorted to a photo shoot after being crowned as Miss Finland 2016 at Vanajanlinna in Hämeenlinna on May 13, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Shirly Karvinen is being escorted to a photo shoot after being crowned as Miss Finland 2016 at Vanajanlinna in Hämeenlinna on May 13, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A man sweeping fragments of glass after a wild moose jumped through the window of Nordea bank at Museokatu near Helsinki center on May 26, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A man sweeping fragments of glass after a wild moose jumped through the window of Nordea bank at Museokatu near Helsinki center on May 26, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A Finnish hockey fan celebrating the victory of Finland over Russia in the 2016 IIHF World Championship semi-final ice hockey match at the Sports Academy sports bar in Helsinki on May 21, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A Finnish hockey fan celebrating the victory of Finland over Russia in the 2016 IIHF World Championship semi-final ice hockey match at the Sports Academy sports bar in Helsinki on May 21, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Löyly, a luxurious public sauna, opened its doors in June at Hernesaari in Helsinki. Picture: Morgan Walker for Finland Today

Löyly, a luxurious public sauna, opened its doors in June at Hernesaari in Helsinki. Picture: Morgan Walker for Finland Today

5 Seconds of Summer performs at Helsinki Arena in Finland on June 3, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A girl wiping her eyes as the pop-punk band 5 Seconds of Summer performs at Helsinki Arena in Finland on June 3, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Foreign Minister Timo Soini poses with the assistants of the Lebanese foreign minister, Gebran Basil, at the Government Banquet Hall in Helsinki on June 10, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Foreign Minister Timo Soini poses with the assistants of the Lebanese foreign minister, Gebran Basil, at the Government Banquet Hall in Helsinki on June 10, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The first Summerburst festival turned Hernesaari Shore into a small Ibiza in Helsinki on June 11, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The first Summerburst festival turned Hernesaari Shore into a small Ibiza in Helsinki on June 11, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä greeting Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, at Kesäranta in Helsinki on June 16, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä greeting Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, at Kesäranta in Helsinki on June 16, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A samba dancer defying pouring rain at Mannerheimintie in Helsinki on June 18, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A samba dancer defying pouring rain at Mannerheimintie in Helsinki on June 18, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

President Sauli Niinistö and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at Kultranta in Naantali on July 1, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

President Sauli Niinistö and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at Kultranta in Naantali on July 1, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Jamey Jasta, the vocalist of metal band Hatebreed, performing at Tuska Open Air Metal Festival at Suvilahti in Helsinki on July 2, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Jamey Jasta, the vocalist of metal band Hatebreed, performing at Tuska Open Air Metal Festival at Suvilahti in Helsinki on July 2, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A sunset over the Ruisrock tents in Ruissalo, Turku on July 8, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A sunset over the Ruisrock tents in Ruissalo, Turku on July 8, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Patti Smith, the godmother of punk, performing at Ruisrock festival in Ruissalo, Turku on July 10, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Patti Smith, the godmother of punk, performing at Ruisrock festival in Ruissalo, Turku on July 10, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Seal, the British soul singer, was the headliner of Saturday evening at the Pori Jazz Festival in Pori on July 16, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Seal, the British soul singer, was the headliner of Saturday evening at the Pori Jazz Festival in Pori on July 16, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Oulujärvi rock cruise featured bands on a boat, cruising around the fifth largest lake in Finland in July. Picture: Morgan Walker for Finland Today

Oulujärvi rock cruise featured bands on a boat, cruising around the fifth largest lake in Finland in July. Picture: Morgan Walker for Finland Today

Thousands of spectators are packed into a tent to listen to the performance of the English indie rock group Daughter at Flow Festival in Helsinki on August 14, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Thousands of spectators are packed into a tent to listen to the performance of the English indie rock group Daughter at Flow Festival in Helsinki on August 14, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

performing in the shed ‘Tanssilato’ at Lapinlahti Hospital during the Night of the Arts in Helsinki on August 25, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Sarah Kivi, a Finnish actress and singer, performing in the shed ‘Tanssilato’ at Lapinlahti Hospital during the Night of the Arts in Helsinki on August 25, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Patrons swimming at the floating fresh water pool during the opening ceremony of Allas Sea Pool on in Helsinki on September 2, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Patrons swimming at the floating fresh water pool during the opening ceremony of Allas Sea Pool on in Helsinki on September 2, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

People expressing their condolences for the memory of a man attacked by a neo-Nazi n front of the Helsinki railway station on September 19. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

People expressing their condolences for the memory of a man attacked by a neo-Nazi n front of the Helsinki railway station on September 19. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Kersti Kaljulaid, the president of Estonia, visiting Mäntyniemi to meet his Finnish counterpart, Sauli Niinistö, in Helsinki on October 20, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Kersti Kaljulaid, the president of Estonia, visiting Mäntyniemi to meet his Finnish counterpart, Sauli Niinistö, in Helsinki on October 20, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Professor Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of the wizarding school Hogwarts, walking up the steps of the National Museum of Finland, in Helsinki on November 8, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Professor Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of the wizarding school Hogwarts, walking up the steps of the National Museum of Finland, in Helsinki on November 8, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä explaining to the reporters whether he has tried to control the media at the Sibelius-Akatemia turned Parliament in Helsinki on November 30, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä explaining to the reporters whether he has tried to control the media at the Sibelius-Akatemia turned Parliament in Helsinki on November 30, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A patriotic 612 procession walking to the Hietaniemi cemetery to commemorate those who have died in the Finnish wars on the Independence Day in Helsinki on December 6, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A patriotic 612 procession walking to the Hietaniemi cemetery to commemorate those who have died in the Finnish wars on the Independence Day in Helsinki on December 6, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Jüri Ratas, the new Estonian prime minister, meets with his Finnish counterpart, Juha Sipilä, at the prime minister’s official residence, Kesäranta, in Helsinki on December 7, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Jüri Ratas, the new Estonian prime minister, meets with his Finnish counterpart, Juha Sipilä, at the prime minister’s official residence, Kesäranta, in Helsinki on, December 7, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Saara Aalto, the X Factor UK finalist, observing the crowd of ten thousand from the steps of the Helsinki Cathedral at the Senate Square in Helsinki on December 5, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Saara Aalto, the X Factor UK finalist, observing the crowd of ten thousand from the steps of the Helsinki Cathedral at the Senate Square in Helsinki on December 5, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Saara Aalto meeting her fans at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport on December 5, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Saara Aalto meeting her fans at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport on December 5, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Ingrid Holm, the national Saint Lucia, walking down the steps of Helsinki Cathedral on December 13, 2016. Lucia means “light” in Latin. Picture. Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Ingrid Holm, the national Saint Lucia, walking down the steps of Helsinki Cathedral on December 13, 2016. Lucia means “light” in Latin. Picture. Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Robert Helenius finishing his Argentinian opponent Gonzalo Basile in 48 seconds during All In Fight Night at the Helsinki Arena on December 17, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Robert Helenius finishing his Argentinian opponent Gonzalo Basile in 48 seconds during All In Fight Night at the Helsinki Arena on December 17, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A crowd of 100,000 celebrate the centenary of Finland's independence at the Töölö Bay area and Citizens' Square on New Year's Eve on December 31, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A crowd of 100,000 celebrate the centenary of Finland’s independence at the Töölö Bay area and Citizens’ Square on New Year’s Eve on December 31, 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today