Here is the Program for the President’s Independence Day Reception on December 6

Here’s a detailed look at the schedule for this year’s Presidential Independence Day Reception.


GALLERY: The Police Arrest 21 During the Independence Day Protests in Helsinki

Over 2,000 people took part in various protests on Finland’s 104th Independence Day.

VIDEO: President Niinistö Gives an Encouraging Independence Day Greeting to Expatriate Finns

“Despite the fact that physical distances may seem long, I believe that emotional ties to Finland remain strong.”

Here’s What it Was Like to Witness the March of Neo-Nazis on Finland’s 101st Independence Day

Here’s our reportage of what happened during the various marches and protests on Finland’s Independence Day.



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GALLERY: A Thin Layer of Snow is the Light of the Morning in Helsinki

A thin layer of snow covered the center of Helsinki in the early hours of Saturday morning. We caught the beauty of the first light in whiteness.

GALLERY: Former Finnish President, ‘Eternal Refugee’ and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Martti Ahtisaari Laid to Rest

Finland Today observed the funeral of the late President Martti Ahtisaari throughout the day. Here’s our report.

How the Visit of Swedish Royals Made Small Town Loviisa Come Alive Again, If Only For a Day

What happens when Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden visit a small town in southern Finland, which was named after a Swedish Queen in the 18th century? This time, the Swedish Crown Princess came to inaugurate a piece of land near the end of September. Well … the elderly were rubbing their eyes in amazement, and children and some adults wore crowns made of cardboard. Finland Today followed the visit, and here’s the report.

View 143 Photos of Tuska 2023 Metal Music Festival; We Spent 3 Days Among a Total of 63,000 Metalheads

We spent three days at Tuska 2023 metal music festival in Helsinki, which was sold out. We listened to bands such as Vended, Gojira, In Flames, The HU, Ghost, JINJER, and more. View our largest photo gallery in the history of Finland Today.

Rockfest Attracts 50,000 People; View Our Massive Photo Gallery

The gallery includes artists such as Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Rotten Sound and Volbeat, and of course many pics of the lovely crowd.

A Day With Patti Smith

Punk icon Patti Smith visited Helsinki for a book signing event and concerts. Here’s our report on Smith’s day in Helsinki.

GALLERY AND CONCERT REVIEW: Thrash Metal Legend Testament Crushes the Gig at Rockfest

American thrash metal legend Testament gave an all-out performance at Rockfest. Here’s our gallery and concert review.

CONCERT REVIEW AND PHOTO GALLERY: Pantera Brings Down the Heat at Rockfest in Hyvinkää

Read our concert review and view our extensive photo gallery of Pantera’s gig at Rockfest in Hyvinkää.

GALLERY: Classic Car Parade Gathers Hundreds of Old Shiny Vehicles at the Senate Square

Hundreds of classic cars parked on the Senate Square to delight the visitors.

GALLERY: View Marimekko’s Latest Collection From the Runway in Esplanade Park

Thousands of people gathered in the park to observe the fashion show. View our gallery.

GALLERY AND REPORTAGE: Ukrainian President Zelensky Makes a Surprise Visit to Finland

President Volodymyr Zelensky made a surprise visit to Finland. Here’s our gallery and report.

GALLERY: Finnish Heads of State Place Candles in a Memorial for Ukraine War Victims; A Sea of Candles Illuminate the Steps of Helsinki Cathedral

A candlelight memorial for the victims of the Ukrainian war gathered a large crowd on the Senate Square beginning late Friday afternoon. View our gallery.

GALLERY: School is Out; Studying is In – Upper Secondary School Seniors Have Left the Building

Tens of thousands of upper secondary school seniors known as abit in Finnish celebrated penkkarit across the country. Here’s our gallery from Helsinki.

GALLERY: We Jazz Festival’s Venue Breaks the Mold in an Exemplary Way

Here’s our report of the magical weekend at the Korjaamo Culture Factory in Helsinki.

GALLERY: Swedish Melodic Metal Band In Flames Brings Sauna Heat to Helsinki Ice Hall

View the highlights of In Flames’ performance in our photo gallery.


We followed the Independence Day ceremonies and protests the whole day on December 6, 2022. Happy Independence Day, Finland!

Miss Finland 2022 Finalists Pose wih Sunflowers on the Independence Day of Ukraine

Ten finalists of Miss Finland 2022 beauty competition pose in photos with sunflowers, known widely as a symbol of peace.

GALLERY AND REPORTAGE: Flow Festival Attracted Record Attendance and Featured Some of the Most Touching Performances of Summer

In the span of three days, we heard mesmerizing harp playing, groovy boogaloo and some of the finest in alternative rock. Here’s our gallery and reportage.

GALLERY: UEFA Super Cup Final Gathers Thousands From Around the World to Observe the Football Game in Helsinki

We observed the night from football fans’ perspective when Real Madrid faced Eintracht Frankfurt in Helsinki.

GALLERY: Explosive Jazz on the Island That Used to Store Sea Mines

Lonna is a small island near Suomenlinna but capable of hosting some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz. Helsinki-based We Jazz organization created one of the highlights of the Finnish festival summer when they arranged Odysseus.

GALLERY: We Spent Three Days at Pori Jazz Festival in the Rain with 200,000 People, And it Was the Best of Times!

Here’s our massive gallery from spending three days at the jazziest (and funkiest) festivals in this beautiful Nordic country.

GALLERY: Tuska Metal Festival Attracts Record Crowd: 49,000; View Our Massive Photo Gallery

We spent three days at the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Helsinki. View our gallery of over 90 photos.

GALLERY: New Terminal at Helsinki Airport Brings Services Under One Roof

Finavia opened a new terminal at Helsinki Airport on Tuesday, which centralizes the check-in, security controls and baggage claims in a single terminal.

GALLERY: National Parade on the Flag Day of the Finnish Defence Forces Attracted a Large Crowd in Helsinki

The national parade on the Flag Day of the Finnish Defence Forces takes over the streets in Helsinki on Saturday.

GALLERY: Finnish Filmmakers and Actors Dress Up for the Red Carpet at the Jussi Film Awards; ‘Compartment no. 6’ Wins in Eight Categories

Finland Today attended the Finnish film awards. View the gallery and check out the winners.

GALLERY: Tens of Thousands Celebrate May Day (Vappu) in Helsinki

Hyvää vappua! Click to view our gallery.

GALLERY: Finns Celebrate Winter Olympics Ice Hockey Gold at the Market Square

People gather at the Market Square in Helsinki to celebrate the Olympic gold medal in ice hockey.


Jazz Icon Ron Carter Has Played on More Than 2,220 Albums; Here’s How He Sounded in Helsinki

Ron Carter, 86, came to Helsinki with his quartet to breathe new life into jazz classics.