Independence day reception
Independence Day greeting from the President of the Republic of Finland to Finnish expatriates and Finns abroad 6 December 2023
Frequently asked questions about the Independence Day reception
Who is invited to the Independence Day reception? Who can be brought 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.
Independence Day reception at Presidential Palace to highlight changing times
Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
Press release 39/2023
31 October 2023
President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö and his spouse Jenni Haukio will host an Independence Day reception with the theme changing times on Wednesday 6 December 2023 at the Presidential Palace.
“We are living in a time when many things we have taken for granted are being questioned and new futures are being created at an unprecedented pace. Our common task is to find solutions to the challenges we face and make sure we are heading in the right direction”, President Niinistö says.
The presidential couple will invite approximately 1,700 guests, who have distinguished themselves in various ways in different fields.
The guests are a variety of people with long and illustrious careers who have been trailblazers, role models and mentors in their fields. Invitees also include skilled young innovators, frontrunners working with key success factors for the future and professionals who guarantee security in society and everyday life. Moreover, special attention has been paid to actions that support children and young people. As in previous years, a significant number of the guests have been invited for the first time.
The guests of honour at the Independence Day reception are war veterans and members of the women’s voluntary civil defence organisation Lotta Svärd.
The mailing of invitations has started.
Presidential couple hosted an Independence Day reception for war veterans and members of the Lotta Svärd at the Presidential Palace
Independence Day greeting from the President of the Republic of Finland to Finnish expatriates and Finns abroad on 6 December 2022
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.