A Guide to Independence Day in Finland

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Finland has its own Independence Day, and the Finns have their own traditions to celebrate this annual holiday, too. 

Finland's Independence Day is Dec. 6, celebrating Finnish independence from Russia.

The history behind Finland's Independence Day was the nomination of Finland to become an independent state on Dec. 6, 1917.

How Does Finland Celebrate Independence Day?

Finns celebrate their Independence Day with window decorations in stores, public flag displays and other patriotic, decorative items in the blue and white of the Finnish flag.

There are typically a few local events, most with free admission, announced before Dec. 6.

You can also see the Finnish flag raised on Observatory Hill in Helsinki and attend service at the Helsinki Cathedral. Some visitors also like to plan a visit to the country’s various war memorials.

Independence Day in Finland is a national holiday, so most businesses remain closed.

Early Celebrations

Some people still hold up the Finnish Independence Day tradition of putting two candles in the window at night. In earlier times, this action invited friendly troops into the home for food and shelter, as a silent protest against Russia.

Early celebrations tended to be more serious, with church services and political speeches, but over the years, the holiday has grown more playful. You can even find blue and white cakes and concerts. 

How Do You Say Independence Day in Finnish?

Independence Day in ​Finnish is Itsenäisyyspäivä.

In Swedish, it's Självständighetsdag.