Let me ask you something…..

If you do not control your borders, your currency, your level of interest rates, and overall planning of your economy, how can you call your country an “independent state”? This is not what my father-in-law fought for in WWII (and was severely wounded during that war from Soviet artillery fire “in 1944″), he would be appalled by what has transpired in the ten years since he passed away.

NOTE: These present day (temporary) politicians crap all over the veterans who fought and died to keep Finland a free and independent Finnish state.

Finnish president has busy schedule for 2017 independence centenary

With Finland’s Independence Day just a week away, President Sauli Niinistö has unveiled plans for the holiday’s festivities and those marking Finland’s 100th anniversary next year. Over the course of 11 months in 2017, Niinistö plans to visit all 19 of Finland’s traditional provinces and has been invited to participate in some 400 events.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö. Image: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland

Next week on December 6, President Sauli Niinistö and his wife Jenni Haukio will host the Independence Day Reception at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, and the theme is Finland’s strengths.

According to the Office of the President, this year’s theme is linked to Finland’s high performance in studies about nations’ honesty, innovation, stability, literacy and success in education, and opportunities for girls.

The guest list for this year was made to fit the theme as well, the office said in a press release issued Tuesday.

Guests fit reception’s ‘strengths’ theme

Those invited include people from the fields of education, those active in civil society, academics, peacekeepers, successful sportsmen and women, nature conservationists and entrepreneurs, the office said.

The guests of honour include war veterans and members of the Lotta women’s auxiliary, who have again been invited in large numbers.

Notably, Estonian volunteers who fought in the Continuation War and Swedish volunteers who participated in the Winter and Continuation Wars have also been invited to this year’s reception.

A total of around 1,800 guests have been invited, including all members of government, MPs and Finnish members of the European Parliament, in addition to civil servants and the Finnish diplomatic corps.

Other guests include those who have distinguished themselves in one way or another, and people that the presidential couple have met over the past year, the office said.

Full schedule for president in 2017

Between the months of Feburary to December next year, Niinistö has been invited to take part in some 400 events across the country, in a nearly year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the country’s independence.

Finland’s centenary theme will be ‘Together,’ which is also the theme of his country-wide tour, according to the office.

His first visit will be to Lapland on Sámi National Day, February 6, where he will participate in Suomi-Sápmi 100+100 celebration organised by the Sámi Education Institute Sajos.

He is also scheduled to visit primary, secondary and upper-secondary schools of the municipality of Inari, and plans to spend time in the Lapland municipality of Tervola, which will be celebrating its 150th anniversary.

During the first half of 2017, Niinistö also plans to visit the regions of Pirkanmaa, Kymenlaakso, Northern Savo and Päijät-Häme.

In February Niinistö will head to the Pirkanmaa region, where he’ll open a youth recruitment event in Tampere and visit the Mänttä-Vilppula Serlachius museum, the office said.

The same month he’ll also open the World Ski Championships in Lahti and participate in events organised by youths from Lahti and Hollola.

On Kalevala Day, or Finnish Culture Day, on February 28, he will tour Hamina and Kotka. The president will participate in the City of Kuopio’s Canth Days festival on Minna Canth Day, or Equality Day on March 19.

In early June, the royal couples from all the Scandinavian countries will visit Helsinki, along with the president of Iceland.

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