Your Guide to Observing the Visit of Nordic Royalties in Helsinki Today

The Nordic royalties will visit the Presidential Palace on Thursday morning. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Are you a fan of royalties? Go ahead and head to the vicinity of the Presidential Palace, as the Nordic heads of state will celebrate the centenary of Finland’s independence in Helsinki on Thursday. President Sauli Niinistö and his spouse, Jenni Haukio, will be the hosts for the day.

The presidential couple will welcome Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway and President Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson and his spouse, Eliza Jean Reid, of Iceland in ceremonies beginning in the forecourt of the Presidential Palace at 10:30 in the morning.

After the ceremonies, the presidential and royal couples will greet the public from the balcony of the Presidential Palace. The general public can watch the guests arrive at the Market Square (Kauppatori in Finnish) and Pohjoisesplanadi.

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden visited Finland in March, 2015. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The presidential couple will welcome Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway and President Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson and his spouse, Eliza Jean Reid, of Iceland in ceremonies beginning in the forecourt of the Presidential Palace at 10:30 in the morning.

After the program at the Presidential Palace, the day will continue with a lunch hosted by Helsinki’s incoming mayor Jan Vapaavuori at the City Hall. Weather permitting, the Finnish presidential couple and their guests will walk from the Presidential Palace to the City Hall at around 11:20, greeting the public on their way.

In addition, the presidential and royal couples will watch a Dancing Finland (Koko Suomi) dance event, held in the Market Square, from the balcony of the City Hall. The performance will include Humppa and street dance.

For more detailed instructions on where members of the public will be located, see the map. It is advised to enter the area along the Esplanade.

In the afternoon, President Niinistö, Mrs Haukio and the Nordic heads of state will participate in the re-inauguration of the Hanasaari Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre. Gunvor Kronman, the CEO of Hanasaari, will host the event.

The guests will also visit the Sibelius Monument in the Sibelius Park, where they will hear singing by the choir of the Helsinki Music Centre, among other performances.

The day will end with a feast fit for a king, as the heads of state gather for a banquet in the Presidential Palace.

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