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Havis Amanda, the famous sculpture who has received her cap since 1932, received it once again on Monday evening at 18:01 in the corner of the Market Square in Helsinki. The Manta Crew, consisting of volunteers from the Student Union of the University of Helsinki, had the honor to crown “Manta” this year.
When the clock struck for the moment of crowning, there were loud cheers, but the pieces of streamer that had been blown into the sky during previous years, were replaced by loud smoke machines pushing a more ecological option into the air. Definitely less litter this year. But definitely more people than last year, according to the Helsinki Police Department: 60,000 people. (Last year the number was about 40,000 due to cold weather.)
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