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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Monday, December 04, 2017 8:10:51 AM

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This year celebrates her 100 years independence. From Finnish Govenment site:


The world congratulates the 100-year-old Finland by lighting up in blue and white



Finland’s 100 years of independence is celebrated this week with blue-and-white light shows across Finland and in almost 30 countries around the world. The excitement has been gathering pace up to the last minute, and 50 iconic venues and buildings across the globe will be illuminated with blue and white lights in honour of Finland’s centenary of independence.

The centenary of Finland’s independence culminates on Finland’s Independence Day, 6 December 2017. It is the most significant commemorative year for this generation of Finns. The Finns’ enthusiasm to mark the country’s 100th birthday with blue-and-white light shows has also spread across the world. Over the next few days, there will be blue-and-white light shows at 50 sites in a total of almost 30 countries. News about new venues for the light shows has been coming in up to the last minute.

The sites include the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and the Niagara Falls in Canada, as well as many other spectacular sites that will be covered in blue-and-white lighting in honour of Finland.

“Finland has received numerous accolades and gifts from around the world this year. Now, the world will turn blue and white for a short time. This is a great moment for Finns and friends of Finland,” says Pekka Timonen, General Secretary of the Centenary of Finland’s Independence, Prime Minister’s Office.

Finland 100 and the network of Finnish embassies have collaborated with partners in a number of countries to ensure that Finland’s big moment will be visible around the world. Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, will air the unforgettable moments from the illuminated venues on TV, stream them online on Yle Areena, and post them on social media, starting on 5 December, the eve of Independence Day.

Finland’s centenary has become the richest and most versatile anniversary or theme year of all time in Finland. The centenary programme, with more than 5,000 projects has spread to more than 100 countries on all the continents. The open programme, its magnitude and the way the projects are carried out are unique even on an international scale.

Sites to be illuminated (as 3 December 2017, changes are possible):


Argentina, Buenos Aires, The Usina del Arte cultural centre
Australia, Adelaide, Adelaide Town Hall
Australia, Brisbane, Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge
Australia, Canberra, Telstra Tower, the Old Parliament House, Malcolm Fraser Bridge, Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre(Parkes)
Australia, Hobart, Railway Roundabout Fountain, Elizabeth Street Mall and the Kennedy Lane Tourism Precinct
Australia, Perth, The Council House building and Trafalgar Bridge
Austria, Vienna, The Wiener Riesenrad Ferris wheel
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, The Christ the Redeemer statue
Bulgaria, Sofia, The National Palace of Culture
Canada, Niagara Falls
Cyprus, Nicosia, The White Walls building
Czech Republic, Prague, The Dancing House designed by Frank Gehry
Estonia, Tallinn, Stenbock House (The seat of the Government)
Estonia, Tartu, The Vanemuine Theatre, Võidu sild Bridge, Kaarsild Bridge
Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Lion of Judah monument in front of the Ethiopian National Theatre
Greece, Athens, The Arch of Hadrian
Hungary, Budapest, Elizabeth Bridge
Iceland, Reykjavik, Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre
Ireland, Dublin, Mansion House, the residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin
Italy, Rome, The Colosseum
Kazakhstan, Astana, The bridges across the Ishim River, St. Regis hotel
Latvia, Jelgava, Railway Bridge
Latvia, Riga, The Tower of the Town Hall in the Old Town, the Railway Bridge across the Daugava river
Mexico, Mexico City, The Angel of Independence monument (Ángel de la Independencia)
Mozambique, Maputo, Maputo Fortress
Netherlands, Alkmaar, Stadskantine Alkmaar
Norway, Oslo, Holmenkollen ski jumping hill
Poland, Warsaw, The Palace of Culture and Science
Portugal, Lisbon, Belém Tower (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Russia, Lumivaara, Lumivaara Church
Russia, Moscow, The Embassy of Finland
Russia, Petrozavodsk, The National Theatre
Russia, Saint Petersburg, The Museum of Ethnography
Serbia, Belgrade, Ada Bridge, Palace Albania
Sweden, Stockholm, Globen
Switzerland, Montreux, The Mannerheim memorial
Ukraine, Kiev, The Embassy of Finland
United Kingdom, Newcastle,The Gateshead Millennium Bridge

We Finns humbly bow to all our friends abroad who are paying attention to our celebration.
Applause Applause Applause



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progpen
Posted: Monday, December 04, 2017 8:58:28 AM

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Happy birthday Finland!

One of the countries at the top of my bucket list to visit.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ― Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
thar
Posted: Monday, December 04, 2017 9:02:53 AM

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Harpa,(concert hall) Reykjavík lit with Finnish colours.
Happy birthday from your more recently independent cousins.


Congratulations to the ancient country of Finland on 100 years of independence - hard-fought and a very rough ride at times! Stay strong, and may the next hundred be more peaceful but just as successful.


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Orson Burleigh
Posted: Monday, December 04, 2017 9:10:04 AM

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Congratulations to the Finland on one hundred years of independence.
Finns are renowned as the personification of indomitable courage, grit, and undemonstrative grace.
Romany
Posted: Monday, December 04, 2017 12:48:16 PM
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Yes indeed: hearty congratulations to Finland.

JJ - just guessing here - but will your personal celebrations include sauna and beer?
Hope123
Posted: Monday, December 04, 2017 2:43:26 PM

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Congrats Finland and JJ on 100 years independence - and on doing an excellent job for the country and for the world with climate change and peacekeeping.

The world needs more Finlands.

Romany's suggestion of sauna and beer sounds like a good idea!

Wish I were in Niagara Falls to see the lights.

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 4:33:18 AM

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Thanks you all.
Yes; morning sauna and a beer. Then to the ceremonies. Some Finnish style food in the evening, and champagne. And, of course, a toast of Koskenkorva ;-)


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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 6:41:42 AM

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Some photos from yesterday:


South Harbour, Helsinki. The Presidential Palace on the right



Saana fell in Lapland



Colosseum, Rome



The Christ Redeem statue, Rio



Holmenkollen, Norway



Brisbane, Australia



Fortaleza, Maputo, Mosambique






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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Saturday, December 09, 2017 5:54:10 AM

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will
Posted: Saturday, December 09, 2017 7:15:32 AM
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Fab. Great stuff Applause

In the pictures above, what is the structure in Holmenkollen, Norway?


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IMcRout
Posted: Saturday, December 09, 2017 8:20:56 AM

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Kippis!

Will, ever heard of ski jumping? Holmenkollen is the Mekka of this - and other Nordic - sport(s).

I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger. (Anon)
will
Posted: Saturday, December 09, 2017 3:24:29 PM
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Of course it is d'oh!

Thanks, IMcRout. I could have googled that, I suppose.



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