The Finnish flag is flying on the early morning of November 6, 2018, in Helsinki to honor the Finnish Swedish Heritage Day. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Today flags are hoisted to honor the Finnish Swedish Heritage Day.

There are about 300,000 people living in Finland whose mother tongue is Swedish.

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The day was first celebrated in Finland in 1908, on the day of the death of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden; the day when the Swedish empire was founded.

Since 1979, the Finnish Swedish Heritage Day has been an official flag day in Finland.


Many of the Finland-Swedish people are celebrating the day with their family, and this year the national celebration is at the Åbo Svenska Teater in Turku, southwestern Finland.

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