Whole of Finland to celebrate Independence Day 2020 together

Office of the President of the Republic
Press release 21/2020
29 September 2020

Finland’s Independence Day will be celebrated this year in a new way. Instead of the traditional reception attended by invited guests, President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö and Mrs Jenni Haukio will invite all Finns to celebrate Independence Day remotely.

“The reception has traditionally gathered around two thousand Finns to the Presidential Palace. But Independence Day is also celebrated at home, by millions in front of their televisions. Although this year we will not meet in the traditional way at the Presidential Palace, this will by no means diminish the significance of the celebration. We will celebrate Finland and our independence together with all Finns through a new kind of programme,” says President Niinistö.

The partner of the event is Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, which will show the Independence Day live on Yle TV 1. During the evening, viewers will enjoy presentations of Finnish performing art as well as compilations of scenes from Independence Day receptions held in previous decades. In addition to the Presidential Palace, the broadcast will visit different parts of Finland and follow how Finns celebrate Independence Day in different ways. Viewers will have the opportunity to send their own greetings to the evening’s broadcast.

The Independence Day programme and arrangements will be announced in more detail in early November.