Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Today, flags are hoisted for Finnish democracy thanks to an initiative by Minister of the Interior Kai Mykkänen.

A hundred years ago, on December 4, voting began in the first elections after the Civil War. It was the first municipal election based on common suffrage.

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“The day of the municipal elections December 4 was not yet the day of reconciliation but it was a special day for Finnish democracy. After the spring following the Civil War and the summer following the prison camps, they were able to make an amazingly fast and crucial choice for the benefit of democracy. It started the national healing. Even the ones who had lost the war were able to join the elections as a candidate and as a voter,” Minister Mykkänen said in a bulletin.

The flag-raising will begin at 08:00 on Tuesday morning and end at 16:00 in the afternoon.