Finland is reducing the Independence Day gala, respecting health care workers

Due to the Covid situation, invitations to this year’s Independence Day gala at Helsinki’s Presidential Palace on December 6 will be limited to 200 guests, President Sauli Niinistö announced on Wednesday.

Under normal circumstances, the president and his spouse greeted up to 2,000 guests at the annual gala, but last year the event was completely canceled due to the epidemic.

At the press conference about the event, the so-called regular guests of Niinistösaid will not be invited to the event this year, but a handful of the country’s health care professionals will be awarded at the celebration.

Invitations have not yet been sent, and more information on the guest list is expected to be released next week. Niinistö said that most of the guests have not attended the event before.

The president acknowledged that new covid-related restrictions could still be introduced in southern Finland, and the president said the guest list could be further shortened.

He said a Covid passport is not required for those present, but the matter depends on the law.

The tradition of the president and spouse greeting each guest with a formal handshake will not materialize this year, Niinistö and his wife Jenni Haukio is expected to greet guests in other ways. It is still unclear whether the tradition of dance will be fulfilled this year as well.

Normally, the country’s war veterans are also respected at the event, but a separate event will be held this year.

Yle’s Independence Day broadcasts are traditionally one of the most watched TV events of the year. Two years ago, the broadcasts reached about three million people.

Source: The Nordic Page


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