The presidential couple will receive traditional May Day greetings in front of the Presidential Palace on May 1. Photograph: TONY ÖHBERG/FINLAND TODAY

President Sauli Niinistö and his spouse, Jenni Haukio, will receive the traditional May Day greetings on Monday, the first of May, in the courtyard of the Presidential Palace in Helsinki.

The event starts at 10:50 in the morning with the reception of the Mayflower.

The Mayflower is a charity pin sold by school children as part of an annual nationwide fundraising organized by Folkhälsan, a civil society organization. The proceeds of the fundraising will be used to promote the health and safety of children and young people.

After that, the presidential couple will be greeted by the Finnish Workers’ Music Federation.


This year, the musical salute will be performed by the Rauma Youth Band, a member orchestra of the Federation. The event will end with the traditional greetings presented by the Student Union of the University of Helsinki and the YL Male Voice Choir at 11:30.

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The public is welcome to follow the event from the Market Square and Pohjois Esplanadi (weather permitting).