Independence day reception
Presidential couple’s Independence Day programme
The Independence Day of President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö and Mrs Jenni Haukio on Monday, 6 December 2021 will begin with the laying of a wreath at the Hero’s Cross in Hietaniemi Cemetery.
Statement by the President of the Republic of Finland on the Independence Day celebrations
The coronavirus situation in Finland has deteriorated rapidly. Restrictions have tightened since last week and it is anticipated that they will tighten further.
Throughout the pandemic, the Office of the President of the Republic of Finland has observed in its activities particular caution as well as the existing coronavirus restrictions and recommendations. Unfortunately, there is a gap in the law that prevents requiring and checking COVID-19 passports at official public sector events, such as the Independence Day Reception.
Due to the combined impact of the deteriorating situation with COVID in recent days and the COVID-19 passport regulations, we have unfortunately had to cancel the reception at the Presidential Palace on 6 December 2021. The event for war veterans and members of the Lotta Svärd has also been cancelled for health security reasons.
We extend our deepest apologies to those invited to the reception and the veterans’ event for the cancellation of the events. Those invited to Independence Day Reception this year will also receive an invitation to the reception to be held at the Presidential Palace on 6 December 2022. A separate event for veterans and members of the Lotta Svärd will be arranged when the pandemic situation permits. Personal letters of apology will also be sent to all those who were invited to this year’s events.
I wish all those who are fighting against the corona pandemic much strength in their work and I appeal to our common responsibility to be vaccinated and to act responsibly in all aspects of everyday life.
Independence Day greeting from the President of the Republic of Finland to Finnish expatriates and Finns abroad on 6 December 2020
Independence Day greeting from the President of the Republic of Finland to Finnish expatriates and Finns abroad on 6 December 2019
Frequently asked questions about the Independence Day reception
Who is invited to the Independence Day reception? Who can be taken as a ‘plus-one’? What is the dress code for the reception? What about medals and decorations? Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about the reception.
History of the Independence Day reception at the Presidential Palace
The Independence Day reception has long traditions. During the period of autonomy, dances were arranged in connection with the Diet at the Imperial Palace, which is nowadays the Presidential Palace. This paved the way for Independence Day receptions, first in the afternoon and then in the evening.