The centenary of Finland’s independence was celebrated last night around the world and in Belgrade. On the 6th December 1917, the Parliament of the Autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland approved the deceleration of independence, which was the beginning of an inspiring story of one country’s rise to the top of the world.
At the final ceremony of marking the centenary in Serbia, held yesterday in Belgrade, Ambassador of Finland to Serbia Pertti Ikonen highlighted that the building blocks of the success of his country are: gender equality, education, anti-corruption and innovations. He added that he was particularly happy to celebrate the jubilee in Serbia, where he saw plenty of opportunities as well as challenges which the Finnish experience may help to tackle.
Ambassador Ikonen noted that 15 thousand 2nd World War veterans still live in Finland and gave recognition to their crucial role in preserving the Finnish independence. London, Moscow and Helsinki were the only capitals of the war-stricken European countries that were not conquered by enemy forces.
The centenary of Finland’s independence has been celebrated throughout the year. Four out of five Finns think it is important to participate in the centennial year and more than 600,000 people are involved in creating the centenary year program. With 5000 different projects, it has become the richest and most versatile celebratory program of all time.
The centennial has been also marked in Serbia through a series of events organized by the Embassy of Finland, presenting Finnish society, culture, values as well as the business community. The celebratory program took place in a number of cities in Serbia, creating a possibility to reach out to a greater number of people and to raise their interest to find out more about Finland.