Nordic Heads of State Celebrate Finland’s 100th Anniversary
On June 1, the heads of state of the Nordic countries celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of Finland’s independence. On June 1, 1917, Finland became an independent state after being controlled by theRussian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic.
The heads of state in attendance were Queen Margarethe II of Denmark, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, President Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson of Iceland and his partner, Eliza Jean Reid. They were hosted by the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, and Mrs Jenni Haukio.
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark became the country’s regent until June 2 whilst his mother was away at Finland’s feast.
The celebrations consisted of a Finnish dance show, the re-inauguration of the Hanasaari Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre and a visit to the Sibelius Monument in the Sibelius Park. There was also a banquet in the evening.Filed under Denmark, Norway, Sweden
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