Suomi 90 Finland Anniversary Year 2007

Finland gained independence on the 6th of December 1917. The Parliament Act adopted already in 1906 created Finnish democracy:  universal suffrage gave all adult Finns the right to vote and stand for election.

The logo ME! (WE!) of the 90th anniversary year refers to the full range of ’Finnishness’ − original Finns, historical minorities, newcomer Finns and expatriates.

Over the centuries, Finns have developed the Finnish way of life, which we are now celebrating. With the WE! spirit Finland has gone from strength to strength. The anniversary logo encourages all Finns to continue working and doing together.

A key aim during the year will be to undramatise Finnishness and cherish it above all as a vigorous, dynamic force looking forward to the future.

Events in Rovaniemi to celebrate Finland 90th anniversary of independence



Women’s days on the church hill

Rovaniemi Church
Yliopistonkatu 2



Ruska Gospel

Rovaniemi Church
Yliopistonkatu 2



Young people’s church service

Rovaniemi Church
Yliopistonkatu 2



Laying of wreathes at soldiers’ graves in connection with the national Finnish War Veterans’ Federation event

Rovaniemi Military Cemetery:



- simultaneous wreathe-laying at all Finland’s military cemeteries



50th anniversary of the Finnish War Veterans’ Federation
- a provincial event held at Pello

University of Helsinki Assembly Hall



’Stars in a Market Town’ – Exhibition of Salokangas architecture in Rovaniemi 

Provincial Museum of Lapland Arktikum
Pohjoisranta 4.



The Oulu War Veterans’ Choir performs in Rovaniemi



Meeting of the Finnish Lotta Svärd Organisation and Spiritual Days in Rovaniemi
- organised by the Lotta Svärd Organisation of Lapland

Jorma Eton tie 8



Mass for the Lotta Svärd Organisation Spiritual Days

Rovaniemi Church
Yliopistonkatu 2


10.00 -14.00

Recreational day for the elderly during ‘Old People’s Week’


Rovaniemi Parish
Centre Assembly Hall
Rauhankatu 70



The National Sunday of Hymns. Singing in church

Rovaniemi Church
Yliopistonkatu 2



40th anniversary of the Frontline Veterans’ Association of Lapland



- The Frontline Veterans’ Association of Lapland



Youth camp
- Parish of Rovaniemi

Norvajärvi Camping
Leirikeskustie 177



Nordic Library Week

Provincial Library of
Jorma Eton tie 6



The theme: Own mind, own language

This visit by authors is being organised together with the Lyseonpuisto Upper Secondary School and the Language Centre of the University of Lapland. Swedish-speaking Finnish authors are being invited as are their translators.

The current year celebrates the 450th anniversary of the death of Mikael Agricola, the father of literary Finnish. All the country’s literary institutions are participating in the theme of the anniversary year ‘own language, own mind’.



Chamber Symphony Concert

Rovaniemi Church
Yliopistonkatu 2



A concert by Kalevi Aho; Symphony No. 14 ’Rituals’ by the Chamber Orchestra, on the darabuka, djembe and gongs, a concerto for the viola by the Chamber Orchestra, and the Book of Questions.

The viola soloist is Anna Gribajcevic, and, in the Book of Questions, the soloist is mezzo-soprano, Monica Groop. The work will be conducted by the conductor John Storgårds, Artistic Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland.

All the performances will be world premières. After the concert, the Chamber Orchestra will record all the works for the Swedish BIS record company.
- The Chamber Orchestra of Lapland




The film "Kannaksen Taistelut” (Battles of Kannas)
- director, Åke Lindman

Maxim Cinema



Preview performance for veterans and young people. Actual première 7.12.07.
- The War Veterans’ District of Lapland




A "Joyful Quarter-hour for Independent Finland”, all over Finland.




On the eve of Independence Day, 5.12.07, the whole of Finland will spend a shared moment of celebration at 12.00 midday. The purpose of this event is to provide Finns and their friends with a shared experience to celebrate independence. The key aim is to make the shared moment happy, in way that is different from the traditional Independence day festivities.
- offices and other places of work will organise their own quarter-hours




Independence Day Evening Reception and Dance

Someroharju Garrison



- The Cadet District of Southern Lapland, the Reservists of Rovaniemi and the Rovaniemi Reserve Officers’ Club.




Song for the Fatherland – a concert of community singing

Rovaniemi Church
Yliopistonkatu 2



At 4.00 pm, the ’Song for the Fatherland’ Concert will be held in Rovaniemi Church. This will be organised by the Parish of Rovaniemi together with the Rovaniemi Defence Women’s Association. This is the 14th time that the concert is being held.




Roots in Finland, concert and dance
- Regional Committee




Independence Day celebrations and a Young People’s Independence Party in Rovaniemi
- receptions, processions, etc.
- Cultural Service Centre, Parish and Garrison

Rovaniemi Church
Yliopistonkatu 2 and
Jorma Eton tie 8 B






Independence Day event at Ylinampa




- The Nampa Youth Club



The City of Rovaniemi New Year celebrations
- The City of Rovaniemi and its partners

City Hall
Hallituskatu 7 and Koskipuisto