Finland fetes 100 years since independence from Russia

Buildings across the Nordic country were draped in the blue-and-white of the national flag, and the government sent a text message to all Finns wishing them "Onnea Suomi" - or "Happy Birthday Finland". "Congratulations Finland, the best country in the world," Prime Minister Juha Sipila wrote on Twitter, while President Sauli Niinisto urged his fellow citizens to brave the cold to celebrate the event in the streets. Hundreds of people gathered under snowy skies at Helsinki's Market Square near the presidential palace for the first festivities. The Finnish flag was raised on official buildings in the capital to mark the nation's unilateral declaration of independence from Russia on 6 December 1917. After belonging to Sweden for six centuries - until 1809 - Finland only gained its independence after the fall of the Tsarist Russian empire. - Business Recorder -



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