HELSINKI

On Friday morning, on the advent of peace after the Winter War, the church bells of the Helsinki Cathedral tolled to an almost empty Senate Square after the official commemoration event that was supposed to take place inside the church was canceled after the coronavirus outbreak.

The state leadership—President Sauli Niinistö and members of the Finnish government—listened to the bells and observed a candle lighting ceremony from a safe distance at the balcony of the Government Palace that corners the square.

105 candles were lit—one for each day of the Winter War, which began on November 30, 1939—by children from three schools in Helsinki: Norsen, Kruununhaka and Kulosaari.